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The Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa

The Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) of the UN Agencies working in Africa is the mechanism for enhancing UN system-wide coherence, coordination and cooperation at the regional and sub-regional levels to ‘deliver as one’ in support of African Union (AU) and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme.

The Clusters of the RCM

The UN agencies working in Africa and other organizations have been organized into a system of thematic clusters.

Within some of these clusters, sub-clusters exist for sharpened focus and greater effectiveness.

Membership is open and UN agencies participate in cluster activities according to their specialization and interest. A designated agency or organization serves as Coordinator/Co-Chair to organize the cluster members and their activities. The AU and the NEPAD Secretariat serves as co-chairs of each cluster.

UNESCO's Contribution

UNESCO is participating as a Coordinator or a member in the following clusters:





1- Water
2 -Energy

1- Member
2- Member

Social and Human Development

3- Education/ Human resources
5- Gender and Development
6- Labor and Employment
7 - Sports and Culture

3- Coordinator
4- Member
5- Member
6- Member
7- Coordinator

Science and Technology


Peace and Security


Advocacy and Communication


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