African Faith Leaders debate the Post MDGs Agenda


Kampala, Uganda, 2nd July 2014

The role of African faith leaders in promoting human development on the continent came to the fore at the beginning of a two-day African Faith Leaders’ Summit on Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development Agenda which is holding in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The summit is being organized under the auspices of the African Interfaith Initiative on Post-2015 Development Agenda, a coalition of faith communities and their leaders across Africa with technical support from the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and other development partners.

The summit which has as its theme “enhancing faith communities’ engagement on the post-2015 Development Agenda” is jointly convened by the African Council of Religious Leaders, Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar; All Africa Council of Churches; Organization of African Instituted Churches; Hindu Council of Africa; Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa; Union of Muslim Councils of Central, Eastern and Southern Africa; the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i; the Association of the Evangelicals of Africa; Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa; and Arigatou International, Nairobi.

The summit is convened on the heels of current processes at national, regional and global levels to develop a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). According to Rev. Nicta Lubaale, Chairperson of the African Interfaith Initiative on Post-2015 Development Agenda, “previous development targets such as the MDGs did not take into cognizance the inputs from strategic development stakeholders such as faith leaders. He further stated that the summit was conceived to provide a common platform “to escalate the engagement of Faith Communities and Faith Leaders in shaping the Post 2015 Development Agenda.”

The summit will develop strategies for the engagement of faith communities across the continent in the post 2015 processes as well as involvement in the implementation process of the new framework at national levels.  To this end, the summit will adopt an outcome document which will be used by faith leaders and communities in mobilsation and advocacy.

For more information and interviews, please contact:

Rev. Nicta Lubaale – nic.lubaale@oaic.org
Atieno Ndomo, atieno.ndomo@undp.org

Post 2015 Agenda: UN Millennium Campaign Supports African Faith Leaders


With the deadline to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching, different levels of implementations as well as emerging development challenges have made it imperative to draw up a successor framework building on the success, lessons and shortcomings of the MDGs. One of the major gaps that trailed the MDGs was the obvious lack of participation by critical stakeholders in its development.

Learning from the MDGs, the process to develop a successor framework has so far been participatory and made open to the views of different stakeholders. It is on the heels of these global and regional processes that African faith leaders under the auspices of the African Interfaith Initiative on Post-2015 Development Agenda, a coalition of faith communities and their leaders across Africa with technical support from the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) is convening an African Faith Leaders’ Summit on Sustainable Development and the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

The Summit which takes place on the 1st and 2nd of July 2014 in Kampala, Uganda seeks to provide a common platform for faith communities in Africa to fashion strategies to engage the post 2015 process and to ensure that their experiences, needs and aspirations are reflected in the new framework.  According to the Regional Director, Africa of UNMC, Charles Abugre, “it has become very necessary that in order to produce a set of development goals that reflect current realities, the voices of the people should not only be heard but their needs accorded utmost priority.”

Speaking further, he noted that “the post 2015 process presents a unique opportunity for Africans to debate about structural transformation of the continent and to unite to tackle the unfinished business of the MDGs” as well as “addressing emerging development challenges such as poverty, inequalities, accountable governance, resource mobilization and development finances.”

On the focus on faith leaders, Mr. Abugre explained that “more than any set of leaders, faith leaders are closest to the people; they understand their needs, aspirations and can influence, mobilse and aggregate opinions. Faith leaders, more than political leaders have convening powers and can mobilise citizens to participate in social, political and economic processes.

The summit will be addressed by high-level government and political leaders from Africa including the Presidents of Uganda, Liberia and Kenya as well as the incoming President of the UN General Assembly. Others billed to address the august gathering include top UN personnel and African religious leaders from different faiths. An outcome document – the Africa Faith Leaders’ Position on Post 2015 Agenda will be produced from the summit. This will contain perspectives from the summit on the priorities for the post 2015 agenda, mobilization and engagement strategies for faith communities across Africa for the post 2015 process.

For more information, please contact UNMC Africa at:

African Regional Office, Nairobi: Nardos Hagos, nardos.hagos@undp.org

Addis Ababa, Atieno Ndomo, atieno.ndomo@undp.org

Abuja – Hilary Ogbonna, hilary.ogbonna@one.un.org

New York, Sering Falu Njie, sering.njie@undp.org

Africa Rising MDG Advocates Trip


Africa Rising trip, July 2014

Celebrating success and accelerating action on the Millennium Development Goals for children

1-3 July 2014: South Africa – Malawi – Rwanda

#AfricaRising reflects the hope and resilience Mandela promoted by shining a light on positive examples to lead the way in Africa.

WHAT:

A 3-day mission by members of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s MDG Advocacy Group in Africa to South Africa (Johannesburg), Malawi (Lilongwe) & Rwanda (Kigali)

OBJECTIVES:

  • South Africa: The MDG Advocacy group will launch their activities in Africa officially on July 1st in Johannesburg. As MDG Advocate and Chair of the PMNCH Board, Graca Machel will be leading discussions on accelerating progress on the MDGs.
  • Malawi: On July 2nd, Prime Minister Solberg and participating advocates will conduct a field visit focused on girl’s education.
  • Rwanda: Co-Chair President Kagame will host a MDG Advocates meeting in Kigali on July 3rd, and showcase MDG progress in country with a focus on health, sanitation and gender equality.

More info: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/advocates/africarising.shtml

Post-2015 agenda: what we want and how do we want it done.


When the consultation process on the post-2015 agenda was opened in 2013, we asked citizens what they wanted to be included. During this time participants have shown interest not only on the content of this agenda, but also on how this should be implemented, including the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders

To give all this people a space to express their opinions on those issues were designed The Dialogues on Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. These dialogues will give particular attention to issues necessary for implementation, but which have not been fully explored in inter-governmental negotiations yet.

The dialogues, which will run from April 2014 to April 2015, will be a series of public meetings and on-line discussions where policy planners, civil society representatives, academics, community and private sector leaders will discuss, focus on these six themes:

  1. Localizing the Post-2015 Agenda
  2. Helping to Strengthen  Capacities and Build effective Institutions
  3. Participatory Monitoring  for Accountability
  4. Partnerships with Civil Society
  5. Engaging with the Private Sector
  6. Culture and Development

It is hoped that the dialogues will kick-start partnership and implementation mechanisms to form the foundation of the new development agenda, so that come September 2015 people the world over are mobilized to begin implementation.

Learn more about the Dialogues on Implementation here.

 

Zero Draft: Sustainable Development Goals


The Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals have released their much anticipated Zero Draft, which contains a proposal for goals and targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. The goals are as follows:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition for all, and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Attain healthy life for all at all ages
  4. Provide equitable and inclusive quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all
  5. Attain gender equality, empower women and girls everywhere
  6. Secure water and sanitation for all for a sustainable world
  7. Ensure access to affordable, sustainable, and reliable modern energy services for all
  8. Promote strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all
  9. Promote sustainable industrialization
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Build inclusive, safe and sustainable cities and human settlements
  12. Promote sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Promote actions at all levels to address climate change
  14. Attain conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas
  15. Protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems and halt all biodiversity loss
  16. Achieve peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law, effective and capable institutions
  17. Strengthen and enhance the means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development

Full draft: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/442161

INJUVE DF (Mexico City) Joins the UN MY World Survey


Corinne Woods and María Fernanda Olvera Cabrera sign agreementThe Youth Institute of the City of Mexico (Instituto de la Juventud del Distrito Federal - INJUVE DF) expects to collect the information of 1 million citizens from the City of Mexico for the MY World Survey.

Three thousand young people will carry out the field work throughout Mexico City and a unique partner ID (INJUVEDF) will collect online votes and aggregate online and offline results.

The Government of the City of Mexico announced yesterday, 26 May in the City of Mexico that, through INJUVE DF, it will participate in the MY World international survey following an agreement that was solidified 22 of May in New York between the General Director of INJUVE, Lic. María Fernanda Olvera Cabrera, and the Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, Corinne Woods, both of whom signed the letter of intent.

Following this agreement, the City of Mexico has become the first locality to participate in the survey with a strategy of this magnitude. Through the participation of INJUVE DF, MY World will be able to learn about the post-2015 development agenda priorities of one million people from the City of Mexico. Most importantly these results will be incorporated and ready to be presented to world leaders by September 2014 to inform them about the priorities of people ahead of the development of the post-2015 agenda. To date the MY World survey has collected over 2.1 million votes from all over the world.

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INJUVE DF joined this international consultation following the impact generated in the “Youth Trends Consultation 2013,” which collected the opinions of 304,000 youth – an historical figure in this type of exercise. In this new survey, INJUVE DF will take to the streets with three thousand youth representatives. These will canvass public plazas and schools, and visit house by house to spread out and ask people all over the City of Mexico: “What are the priorities which are most important for you and your family?”

The survey will take place from June to August 2014. Besides the field work, the people of Mexico City will be able to choose their 16 priorities on a unique link: http://vote.myworld2015.org/?partner=injuvedf. Thanks to this link and unique partner ID, it will be possible to see the particular priorities of the people of the City of Mexico in the post-2015 agenda. The results will be part of the MY World Global Survey of the United Nations for a better world. You can follow these results here: http://data.myworld2015.org/?partner=injuvedf.

In this respect, INJUVE DF will be adding to the actions of cooperation and partnership between the City of Mexico and the United Nations. The Institute hopes that this represents the first of what will hopefully be many agreements made with the United Nations in favor of the future of young people in the City of Mexico.

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Global launch of the UN sanitation campaign to end open defecation


The UN Deputy Secretary-General launches the UN sanitation campaign to end open defecation
Wednesday May 28, 2014 10:00-11:00am EDT
Watch the event webcast on UN Web TV

The United Nations and its partners are holding a press briefing and campaign launch at UN Headquarters on 28 May 2014 to help end the practice of open defecation and improve access to toilets and latrines for the 2.5 billion people without basic level sanitation.

“It is time to talk about open defecation,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. “To discuss the facts, the consequences and the solutions. And it is time to talk about the many countries around the world where community members, local leaders and politicians are taking positive action to end this practice.”

The campaign aims to break the silence—the silence on talking about open defecation and the silence on the deaths and diseases, particularly among children, that have occurred a result of open defecation practices and lack of decent toilets or latrines.

The campaign will run to the end of 2015. The creative agency Mother, the largest independent advertising agency in the United Kingdom, has generously given time and expertise on a pro bono basis to develop the campaign ideas and materials. It is being launched in response to the UN’s Call to Action on Sanitation, and is focusing particularly on the issue of open defecation, which is seen as “the sharp end of the problem.”

Press Conference
Speakers: Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will officially launch the campaign. He will then take part in a discussion moderated by Andrea Koppel, former correspondent for CNN and current Mercy Corps Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy, H.E. Mark Neo, the UN Deputy Permanent Representative of Singapore and Nicholas Alipui, Director of UNICEF Programmes. A surprise celebrity appearance will be made at the end of the programme.

Time and Place: The campaign launch will take place on 28 May at 10 a.m. (EDT time) at Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at UN Headquarters.

The event will be webcast live at: www.un.org/webcast

Follow the Meeting on Twitter: @opendefecation, hashtag #opendefecation #sanitation

United Nations Announces the First Global Vote Day


The United Nations will dedicate the first week of May to getting out the vote for its MY World opinion poll, organizing a multitude of activities in more than 50 countries to raise awareness of and boost global participation. The goal is to foster a two-way conversation with the world’s citizens that will better inform the current debate about what should be included in to the next global development agenda being announced in September 2015.

The United Nations Millennium Campaign, the force behind MY World, will bring together over 700 international partners during the MY World Week of Action with one goal in mind- to get as many people as possible to raise their voices and express their views on what matters most directly to the UN.

This week the needle crossed 2 million voters from 194 nations who have participated in the MY World poll through paper ballots, via mobile phones and online. The survey asks participants to rank their top 6 issues of 16 provided. The information, to be collected until 2015, will then be used to guide the UN policymakers and country governments in the formulation of the post-2015 development agenda.

“The MY World Week of Action along with other consultative efforts of the UN System continues to ensure that the process of shaping the Post-2015 transformative people-centred and planet-sensitive sustainable development agenda, remains inclusive,” said Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning.

“I expect that the votes and aspirations of stakeholders the world over will enrich the deliberations of member states as they work towards an ambitious agenda aiming to achieve lasting results for people’s well-being while protecting the planet.”

The MY World Week of Action is slated to run from May 5 through May 11, with Global Vote Day on May 8, during which organizers will use crowdsourcing in hopes of drumming up an additional 500,000 votes to bring the total to 2.5 million. In support of the Week of Action, the UN’s People’s Podium will be in Trafalgar Square, London to provide a platform to youth groups and ordinary citizens to vote and have their say in creating the world they want. The podium has been touring the world encouraging citizens to vote, and serves as a reminder of the UN’s intention to have an open and inclusive conversation with people everywhere. The week will also coincide with the World Conference on Youth in Sri Lanka, where a MY World voting booth will be available to attendees, and the World Economic Forum in Nigeria, where results will be shared. Final results of the week will be announced at a +Social Good event hosted by the Kofi Annan Foundation, with 700 students and the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors on May 13 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Over the past year, thousands of volunteers have gone out all across the globe and used MY World to offer ordinary people the opportunity to have their say on what they think matters most,” said Corinne Woods, director of the UN Millennium Campaign. “For the new development goals to be truly sustainable, we must all know them and believe in them. This is why we are urging everyone to cast their vote. We, in turn, commit to ensuring these votes are placed before politicians and leaders everywhere. People should be in no doubt that these votes really do count.

With nearly 2 million respondents surveyed, preliminary MY World results suggest the following trends:

1.    Good education followed by better healthcare and ’an honest and responsive government’ rank as the top-3 most important issues, with job opportunities coming fourth among voters overall. That trend essentially bears out among those from low-and medium-income developing countries and for respondents with less than a secondary education.

In fact, among those from very high-income developed countries, better education was the only issue in common with low- and medium-income developing countries. Healthcare and job opportunities fell to 6th and 11th, with access to clean water and sanitation ranking 3rd.

2.    A generation gap of sorts appears to be forming among overall respondents with those under 30 years old worried more about job opportunities than their over-30 counterparts, who seemed more concerned about living under honest and responsive governments.

3.    As for a gender gap, men and women tended to share the same top-7 concerns.

4.    People in poorer countries were much more likely than those in richer countries to choose better communications infrastructure as one of their six. One in three voters in low-income countries chose better transport and roads and better phone and internet access as one of their six options, while only one in ten respondents in high-income countries chose these options.

5.    Of the 2 million surveyed so far, just over one million responded through paper ballot, nearly 380,000 through mobile/SMS and almost 456,000 online.

MY World is the result of a collective effort made possible through the collaboration of its founding members UNMC, UNDP, ODI, core partners like UN Foundation, UNICEF, UNV and IPSOS Mori and more than 700 partners around the world, including NGOs, faith groups, youth movements, academia and private sector.

For more information about MY World and to view more results, please visit data.myworld2015.org.

MY World Global Week of Action 5-11 May


Did you know that more than 2 million people have already voted at the UN for the things that would make the most difference to their lives. But there’s more you can do!

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Conference on Inequalities in Africa: Accra, 28-30 April, 2014


The Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation will take place in Accra, Ghana on April 28-30, 2014.

Inequalities are a recurrent theme in the debate on development. The Millennium Declaration recognized the concern over inequalities- although within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets and MDGs implementation, the issue only received scant attention. The discourse around a post-2015 development framework is cognizant of the need to sufficiently address social and economic inequalities, given the evidence that inter and intra-country inequalities have largely worsened over the 15-year MDGs implementation period.

For Africa, the question of inequalities is critical, especially in light of the conversations about structural economic transformation and the optimistic outlook about the continent’s prospects.

Against this background and in the context of both the African Union’s Agenda 2063 visioning and the United Nations-led post-2015 development agenda process, there is need to create a constructive space where key African constituencies which are concerned with different domains of the inequality question and/or are engaged in conceptualizing and shaping possible trajectories for African transformation can coalesce to share their visions and aspirations and explore possible common paths to social change. This Inequalities Conference is a first step in this regard.

The Conference responds to the call by the African Union (AU) Chairperson for everyone from every sector of society to have a say in defining “the African agenda for 2063. It aims at forging linkages between the ongoing African developmental debates and the discussions on a post-MDGs development framework. The Conference will lead to a statement on The Africa We Want as an input to the global deliberations on the World We Want. Its primary intention is to craft an African agenda on inequalities, especially in the context of the pan-African process aimed at shaping an African vision for the next 50 years. It also draws from and feeds into the post-2015 development agenda discourses.

The Conference and broader movement that may be generated through its preparatory and follow-up processes should catalyse a new coalition of African individuals and institutions that can foster a vibrant agenda for equitable African transformation.

The conference is organized by the Government of Ghana in partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign, CODESRIA, DANIDA, ISSER, the Government of Sweden, SID, TWN Africa, UNDP, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and UNICEF.

For more information follow @AInequalities and visit the conference website.