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.


#TBT Swedish Minister Mr. Gustav Fridolin (Center) with Swedish Ambassador to Zambia (second from right) and his team, and UNESCO staff during his tour to Zambia in January 2018. #CSE #YouthSRHR UNESCO UNESCO YouthUnesco Regional Office for Southern Africa ... See MoreSee Less

Wonderful to have young reporters asking their questions to our high level panelists today at @UNESCO #UNESCO dialogue hosted by South Africa's Dept of Basic #Education on scaling up #comprehensivesexualityeducation #CSE #CSENOW #YouthSRHNow Children's Radio Foundation #SaveTheChildren

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