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« Forward-looking approaches and innovative strategies to promote the development of Africa in the twenty-first century
(UNESCO, 8-9 november 2002).

1.UNESCO organized on 8 and 9 November 2001, following an intersectoral approach, an international seminar on Forward-looking approaches and innovative strategies to promote the development of Africa in the twenty-first century.

2.The aim was to define new lines of emphasis, methods and strategies to promote the development of Africa in the twenty-first century in order to help the continent to pull out of the worrying situation in which it finds itself and thus enable it to hold a position and play a role that are consistent with its ambitions, particularly within the framework established by NEPAD.

  • Context

    This seminar was being held right after the 31st session of the General Conference, which had just adopted UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2002-2007 and its Programme and Budget for 2002-2003 respectively outlining the main policy lines and strategic objectives for UNESCO’s action over the next six years, and the priorities and main lines of action planned in this context for the next two years. The participants were able to familiarize themselves with the NEPAD reference framework, which had just been adopted in Abuja. For each of the themes selected, which correspond to UNESCO’s main fields of competence, the seminar helped to identify specific strategies to be implemented at the international, regional and subregional levels.

    The seminar attracted participation at a very high level and real interest was shown in the proceedings, which took the form of seven thematic workshops aimed at defining future UNESCO action to meet the priorities expressed by African leaders themselves within NEPAD:

    a) the African agenda and UNESCO: building with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as a foundation;
    b) education in Africa: issues and prospects – What are the strategies for the future?

    c) science and technology for sustainable development in Africa;
    d) human rights, democracy and human security: prospects and paths of action;
    e) cultural diversity and pluralism as issues in sustainable development for Africa;

    f) communication technology and the knowledge society: enhancing capacities in Africa;

    g) enhancement of pan-African cooperation and the international partnership system

  • Recommendations

    Each workshop made targeted recommendations to UNESCO, States, regional and subregional African organizations and the international community. It can be seen from the recommendations that Africa’s development challenges can be taken up only through a global approach in which poverty alleviation involves the strengthening of human capacities, peace-building and consolidation, access to ICTs and regional cooperation, and also acknowledgement of cultural diversity and the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage.

  • Final Report and Recommendations

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