10 October 2016– “The governance landscape in Africa is improving and this is due to the sterling work of the APRM”, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon while delivering his opening remarks at the 2016 AfricaWeek held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The UN Secretary-General emphasized the political and socio-economic progress made by African countries and said this will greatly lead to successful attainment of sustainable development goals. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon urged all partners to continue with their support of the African continent, particularly in strengthening good governance and the implementation of 2030 SDG and Agenda 2063.
“The international community needs to support the African development agenda, working with all relevant national and regional partners, including the African Peer Review Mechanism, to improve good governance, and the conduct of elections and to ensure that civil society has the freedom to play its vital role,” he said.
The UN Chief added that “if we are to achieve our collective global vision of delivering a life of dignity for all and leaving no one behind, we all need to work together in unison and with vigour”.
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon further noted that the United Nations has demonstrated its unwavering support for Africa and has ensured that African issues will always be reflected in the UN Agenda.
Also addressing the meeting, Deputy Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission H.E Erastus Mwencha, underscored the importance the APRM is playing in handling governance and political stability in African. H.E Mwencha further urged all African Union Member States to accede to the APRM so to benefit from the gains enjoyed by the members of the APRM.
Chairperson of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, Dr. Mustapha Mekideche highlighted the successes of the APRM and also stressed the need for funding to build capacity to handle other emerging issues that need to be addressed in the African governance landscape.
The Panel Chairperson further emphasized the importance of universal accession.
“The APRM through its structures is addressing the issue of non-membership by some AU Member States and through the Revitalisation process and the apparent successes and benefits, the Mechanism hopes the call for universal accession will be heeded by the Countries that are not yet Members of the Mechanism”; he remarked.
Addressing the same gathering, APRM CEO Professor Eddy Maloka, noted some priorities that need to be addressed for effective implementation of the APRM Mandate.
“There is a great need to strengthen national mechanisms by end 2016 so that we can have functioning and thriving National Governing Councils in order to unleash full potential of the APRM. We further need to invest in the review process and the peer review itself”; added Prof. Maloka.
The APRM CEO elaborated on the need to develop a tracking mechanism that will evaluate governance strength and monitoring tools and enable the deployment of crisis missions. He further mentioned as critical the role of Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063.
The 2016 Africa Week runs from 10 to 14 October at United Nations Headquarters, in New York.