The continent’s economic outlook for 2013 and 2014 is promising, confirming its healthy resilience to internal and external shocks. Africa’s economy was projected to grow by 4.8% in 2013 and accelerate further to 5.3% in 2014. In spite of steady growth African economies today are facing nothing less than the formidable challenge of creating more and better jobs, not just by sustaining the pace of growth, but by making it more inclusive. It still however continues to face considerable challenges in addressing issues of climate change, the energy crisis, the persistent extreme poverty, food insecurity, inadequate health services, political and social crisis in most cases linked to governance issues and unsustainable use of natural resources.
The UNEP Regional Office for Africa (ROA) has played a central role in coordinating UNEP’s Programme of Work in the region by assisting African governments and major stakeholders in addressing these challenges, as part of its mandate. The programme ensures that there is effective and efficient delivery of interventions, in response to regional, sub-regional and national needs and that there is better coherence and coordination in the effective delivery of environmental capacity-building and technical support at all levels in response to a country needs and priorities.
The delivery of this programme in Africa is a collective effort by UNEP and various partners, Governments institutions and Ministerial fora, non governmental agencies, regional economic communities, other sister agencies, Major groups and stakeholders including Civil Society organizations, the private Sector, local Authorities and others, as well as regional Centers of Excellence.
The Regional Office for Africa works in the region on all its 7 priority areas: Climate Change, Disasters and Conflict, Ecosystems Management, Environmental Governance, Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste, Resource Efficiency and Environment Under Review. The Regional Office for Africa is located in Nairobi, Kenya and has offices in Ethiopia and South Africa.