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Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, Economic Commission for Africa's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.


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.


Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), as defined by its Treaty, was established 'as an organisation of free independent sovereign states which have agreed to co-operate in developing their natural and human resources for the good of all their people' and as such it has a wide-ranging series of objectives which necessarily include in its priorities the promotion of peace and security in the region. Due to COMESA's economic history and background its main focus is on the formation of a large economic and trading unit that is capable of overcoming some of the barriers that are faced by individual states.


The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community comprising 15 Member States. The main objectives of SADC are to achieve development, peace and security, and economic growth, to alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa, and support the socially disadvantaged through regional integration, built on democratic principles and equitable and sustainable development.


ECOWAS is a 15-member regional group with a mandate of promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of the constituting countries.Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, ECOWAS was set up to foster the ideal of collective self-sufficiency for its member states.The Vision of ECOWAS is the creation of a borderless region where the population has access to its abundant resources and is able to exploit same through the creation of opportunities under a sustainable environment.


The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the Republic of Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The Vision of EAC is a prosperous, competitive, secure, stable and politically united East Africa; and the Mission is to widen and deepen Economic, Political, Social and Culture integration in order to improve the quality of life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.


TWN is an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to sustainable development, the South and North-South relations.TWN was set up in 1984 with the objective to promote the interests and perspectives of the South by conducting research on economic, social and environmental issues pertaining to the South; publishing books and periodicals; organising and participating in meetings; and providing a platform to broadly represent Southern interests and perspectives at international fora and processes such as the United Nations.


The African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers, practitioners and policy makers that promotes science, technology and innovation (STI) policy research, dialogue and practice, for African Development. With a regional secretariat in Nairobi, it operates through national chapters in 30 countries with an expansion plan in place to cover the entire Africa. ATPS activities are organized in four interrelated functional domains: STI knowledge generation; STI knowledge brokerage; STI knowledge dissemination; STI outreach & policy advocacy; and STI knowledge valorization. These functions are performed through three cross-cutting thematic research capacity building programs and three cross-cutting non-thematic facilitative programs.


The University of Nairobi (UoN) is a collegiate research university based in Nairobi. The University of Nairobi is a research intensive university with a reputation for excellence and a strong and vibrant research culture. Since 1970, the University of Nairobi has seen many innovations, which have contributed to its development and that of Kenya.


Natural Justice (Lawyers for Communities and the Environment) is headquartered in South Africa and has regional offices in Nairobi (Kenya) Bangalore (India), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), and New York (USA). Natural Justice works at the intersection of human rights and environmental law. The vision of Natural Justice is the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity through the self-determination of Indigenous peoples and local communities.

The US-Africa Network is an inter-generational, transnational, and multi-racial network that facilitates communication and solidarity among people and groups in the United States, on the African continent, and in the African Diaspora. The network works for universal human rights and global social justice, recognizing that contemporary global issues are interlinked to each other and not confined within geographical and social boundaries. Our organizational structures are flexible, non-hierarchical, and collaborative.

Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) is a regional alliance of peoples’ movements, community organizations, coalitions, NGOs and networks.JSAPMDD seeks to develop and advance collective campaigns and joint actions of movements and peoples organizations to advance common struggles in the regional & global arenas which will in turn build global & regional movements, & strengthen national movements


LDC Watch is a global alliance of national, regional and international civil society organisations (CSOs), networks and movements based in the LDCs and supported by civil society from development partner countries. It acts as a coordinating body for LDC civil society to advocate, campaign and network for the realisation and review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for LDCs for the Decade 2011-2020 including other Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs) such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It goes beyond the IPoA in addressing poverty, hunger, social injustice and human rights in the LDCs. LDC Watch, therefore, has been raising its voice and articulating its perspectives in a multi-stakeholder framework, engaging with the UN, LDC governments and their development partners, both as partner and pressure group.


The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities. The University seeks to promote African-led globalisation through African scholarship by positioning the University, through its teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and innovation, to enter the global knowledge system on it.


The Kenya Organization of Environmental Organization (KOEE) is a non-governmental organization in Kenya, registered and in operation since 1997 as a venture of agenda 21 - A global partnership to protect the dignity of the environment. KOEE seeks to promote sustainable development through national and regional programmes that stimulate active participation of communities to address their environmental challenges while focusing on quality, transparency, accountability and cultural sensitivity.

The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), founded in 1995, is a secular body that helps the major religions of the world to develop their own environmental programmes, based on their own core teachings, beliefs and practices. ARC works with 11 major faiths through the key traditions within each faith. ARC helps these faiths link with key environmental organisations – creating powerful alliances between faith communities and conservation groups.


Sierra Club is one of the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

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