Under the leadership of UNAIDS and with support from UNESCO and the strong engagement of the SADC and EAC Secretariats, developed an Accountability Framework to monitor country and regional progress towards the agreed Commitment. The intended audience for the framework is primarily governments in the 21 countries, civil society partners, including young people and community-based organizations (CBOs), and other development partners.


Governments agreed to establish an inter-ministerial, multi-sectoral mechanism (aligned with, or utilizing, existing systems) to strengthen planning, coordination and to monitor the implementation of the Commitment. These country mechanisms engage key stakeholders, including government, civil society, young people, the UN, and other development partners.


SADC and the EAC lead in the regional monitoring of the ESA Commitment. In 2015, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) came on board to join the other regional economic communities (RECs) in supporting the monitoring and implementation of the ESA Commitment across member states. It was agreed that RECs would report on the Commitment annually at their respective summits involving the relevant ministers and through national status reports.


Institutionalize monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems in their respective ministries and improve the collection of age- and sex-disaggregated data through existing M&E mechanisms, such as Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and Health Management Information systems (HMIS). These will be supplemented by periodic adolescent and youth surveys on the education and health status of adolescents and young people.


Snippets from the session co- hosted by UNESCO, UNAIDS, Unfpa Esaro and the Government of Cote D' Ivoire on the sidelines of the ongoing 2017 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infection in Africa (ICASA).

The session was moderated by the UNAIDS Director Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (RTESA) Dr Catherine Sozi and graced by Honourable Kandia Camara – Cote d’Ivoire Minister of National Education & Technical Education, Honourable Mokhele Moletsane – Lesotho Minister of Education & Training, Honourable Michael Lopuke Lotyam – South Sudan Undersecretary of General Education and Instruction and Ms Lorence Kabasele – President of Afriyan Eastern and Southern African Region - Afriyan ESA

Dr. Catherine Sozi, “We are all ambassadors of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) as it is not against any culture or religion but builds support to the cultural and religious pillars of society”

Mr. Michael Lopuke Lotyam, “When a country is preparing for war, it does not buy ammunition during the war but well before the war breaks out. In the same vein, CSE serves to empower young people and adolescents to face head on their sexuality and changes in them that may lead to risky behaviour if not properly harnessed.”

Ms Lorence Kabasele, “Let us leave no one behind in the journey. This calls for measures to be put in place that brings CSE to the illiterate out of school adolescent and parent who do not understand English, French or Portuguese. Let us have the guidance translated into the local languages too.”
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