New York,?October 21, 2013?– UN based African Union Ambassadors have noted the sustained relevance of NEPAD?s Programmes for Africa?s development with particular reference to the rural transformation initiative – Rural Futures.


The Diplomats, responding to a briefing by CEO Dr Ibrahim Mayaki at the UN in New York, lauded his presentation for its clarity and action-oriented approach. Dr Mayaki appealed to the Ambassadors to capitalise on the recommendations of UN Resolution 67/294, which calls for support to accelerate NEPAD?s implementation.


The briefing by the CEO encouraged current efforts to mobilise resources, starting with the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA); emphasised the importance of putting NEPAD on the international agenda as Africa?s own development programme and called for the effective alignment and coherence of global frameworks such as Post-2015.


The senior diplomats said there should be a shift from design and planning of projects to the achievement of concrete results as well as adequate information and dissemination of success stories and realisation in flagship projects.


It was suggested that a retreat be organised with UN-based African Ambassadors for a better and deeper grasp of NEPAD implementation and for a stronger advocacy of Africa?s agenda within the UN system.


Dr Mayaki is in New York for various public addressees at the United Nations, in the specially designated Africa Week, where the General Assembly will hold debates on Africa.


Later this week, the CEO will address UN Member States on NEPAD implementation on the AU theme of Pan Africanism and African Renaissance. He will also give a lecturer to the Africa Caucus at the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University in Boston, on ?How Africa will renew the Concept of Leadership?.


Meanwhile, Chad and Nigeria as well as Saudi Arabia were elected by the U.N. General Assembly?on Thursday?to serve a two-year on term on the U.N. Security Council.


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