President Sirleaf presents her final report at the 26th AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the delegation in the rear listen attentively
Pres. Sirleaf Presents Final Report On Post 2015 Agenda
MONROVIA, February 1 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson has presented the Final Report of the High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to the 26th Session of the AU Assembly.
According to a dispatch from Addis Ababa, the Liberia leader delivered the special report on the second day of the 26th Session of the AU Assembly on Sunday, January 31.
In her address, President Sirleaf named the six pillars of the Common African Position as Structural Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth; Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI); People-Centered
Development; Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources Management and Disaster Risk Management; Peace and Security; and Finance and Partnerships.
She argued that building synergy and complementarity among the three global instruments will be critical to the successful achievement of the world’s common objectives.
The Liberian leader indicated that unlike the MDGs that were brought to Africa already made and prepared by experts mostly in New York, the new development agenda adopted on September 25, 2015 emanated from the people.
She explained that while the MDGs were based on the narrative of developing-developed nations with donors on one end and receivers on the other, the SDGs are universal and concern all people everywhere.
“We must note that Africa was the only region of the world that brought to the negotiations a common position on every aspect of thedevelopment agenda. Africa also brought into the domain of development the notion of peace and security, which are indispensable requirements for development.
“Although there was some resistance in certain quarters on this issue, we were able to convince other partners of the imperative of including these two elements. And today Goal 16 which refers peaceful and safe societies is a prominent aspect of the development agenda,” she narrated.
President Sirleaf reported that the Common African Position (CAP) was
Africa’s contribution to the formulation of the global development agenda and that the 17 SDGs captured almost all the elements of the CAP, acknowledging that CAP was an integral part of Agenda 2063 which was adopted in January 2015.
She also indicated that Agenda 2063 was based not only on consultations of a broad spectrum of African stakeholders, including the Diaspora, but included instruments of the AU, including the Constitutive Act, Lagos Plan of Action, Abuja Treaty, declarations and other existing continental frameworks and programs.
She noted that achieving the effective implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda will depend, inter alia on, the creation of a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure that commitments
through the 20 goals of Agenda 2063 and 17 SDGs are met.
“Today, we can take pride in announcing that Africa’s priorities, as emanating from the people from all over our continent, have found their rightful place in the new global development agenda,” the Liberian leader said.
President acknowledged that the achievement of the Committee would not have taken place without the vision and strong leadership of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the AU Commission. LINA PR/TSS/PTK