African stake holders to meet in Tunisia
From March 11-12, 2013, African Ministers, parliamentarians and policymakers met in Hammamet, Tunisia, to ensure that Africa plays a proactive role in shaping the future global development agenda.
In his address to delegates, African Development Bank Vice- President for Operations Aly Abou- Sabaa said this is the time for Africa to set its targets for the post- 2015 development agenda, adding it is critical that the voice of Africa is heard and accepted in formulating the agenda.
The meeting was hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), and co-organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting was the third and final consultation on the post-2015 development agenda, following consultations in Mombasa, Kenya (October 1-2, 2012) and Dakar, Senegal (December 10-11, 2012).
The themes of the meeting included Africa’s priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, the financing of future goals and linkages with existing processes such as Rio+20. The meeting also included a review of the findings of previous national and regional consultations on the post-2015 agenda.
Participants agreed that future development goals should be about quality rather than the quantitative focus of the MDGs. There was a strong consensus for increased focus and better political support.