Members of Permanent and Observer Missions, officials of the United Nations, the media and representatives of accredited non governmental organizations, among others, met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Patrick Hayford, Director and Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), to hear a briefing on the progress in the implementation of NEPAD. Professor Mucavele, Executive Director, NEPAD Secretariat, gave the briefing.
Mr. Hayford welcomed the representatives and introduced the three reports of the Secretary-General being discussed; namely:
Mr. Hayford informed the meeting that the first two reports (a) and (b) were produced by the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), and report (c) was produced by the World Health Organization (WHO).
New Partnership for Africa's Development: fifth consolidated report on progress in the implementation and international support;
Implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General on the causes of Conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa; and
2001-2010: Decade to Roll back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa
On the Secretary-General's report on the Causes of Conflict and the Promotion of Durable Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa, Mr. Hayford underlined the significant progress made by African countries in securing peace in the continent. He added that efforts were now underway to consolidate the peace through post-conflict peacebuilding activities.
Mr. Hayford stated that the report concluded that serious efforts should be undertaken to strengthen the African Peace and Security Architecture, and in this regard, applauded the efforts by the UN in support of the African Union through capacity-building. Mr. Hayford stated that an important conclusion from the report was the recommendation to undertake a comprehensive and joint review of the commitments made, action taken, progress achieved and lessons learned in preventing conflict and promoting peace and development in Africa. He added that it was timely to consider the continued relevance of the 1998 recommendations, and its mandates and resolutions on Africa.