Established in 1958, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is one of five regional commissions. Its member states are 53 African nations. ECA’s strength derives from its role as the only UN agency mandated to operate at the regional and subregional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear on Africa’s priorities. To enhance its impact, ECA places a special focus on collecting up to date and original regional statistics in order to ground its policy research and advocacy on clear objective evidence; promoting policy consensus; providing meaningful capacity development; and providing advisory services in key thematic fields.
ECA’s thematic areas of focus are as follows:
- Macroeconomic Policy
- Regional Integration and Trade
- Social Development
- Innovation and Technology
- Natural Resources
For more information see UNECA’s website.
Thematic Focus on Natural Resources
One important aspect of ECA’s work is the conduct of policy-oriented research aiming to support the policy, legal and regulatory frameworks for the proper management of natural resources in Africa.
Activities of ECA include the organisation of events and conferences on minerals and sustainable development, for instance the AU Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development (jointly with the AU and the Republic of Mozambique). At this conference, held in December 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique, the launch of the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) was declared.
ECA also publishes extensively, for instance the report on Minerals and Africa’s Development. Visit this page.
ECA has also published a Special Report on the “ICGLR Regional Initiative aganist the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR)” and other Certification Mechanisms in the Great Lakes Region. The report can be accessed under this website. For more information about the RINR, see also here. For further information on the Special report, please visit this page.
For further information on current activities of the natural resource section of ECA please see here.