President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Tells Of Africa’s Role In SDGs Formulation
MONROVIA, February 1 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said Africa was the only region of the world that brought to the negotiations a common position on every aspect of the 2030 Development Agenda.
Presenting the Final Report of the High Level Committee on the Post 2015 Development Agenda to the 26th Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly in Addis Ababa on Sunday, the Liberian leader added that Africa also brought into the domain of development the notion of peace and security, which she noted are indispensable requirement for development.
She said though there was some resistance in certain quarters on the issue, we were able to convince other partners of the imperative to include the two elements which gave rise to Goal 16 that talks about harnessing peaceful and safe societies as a cardinal aspect of the development agenda.
The Liberian leader also reported that the Common African Position (CAP) was Africa’s contribution to the formulation of the global development agenda and as such the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) capture almost all the elements of the CAP, according to a dispatch from Addis Ababa.
The Common African Position is an integral part of Agenda 2063 which was adopted in January 2015 which was based not only on consultations of a broad spectrum of African stakeholders, but also instruments of the African Union (AU) including the Constitutive Act, Lagos Plan of Action and Abuja Treaty amongst other existing continental frameworks and programs.
She pointed out that the High Level Committee is encouraged that by implementing the First Ten-Year Plan, member states will be implementing SDGs as well; adding “They will simultaneously be meeting their continental and global obligations.”
“Domestication through the integration of the contents of Agenda 2063 into national and regional strategic frameworks and action plans is ongoing, about 23 countries on the continent have already held consultations with AU domestication missions and processes towards implementation of the 12 fast-track programs of Agenda 2063 have been initiated,” President Sirleaf stressed.
The Liberian Chief Executive, however, informed the Assembly of Heads of State and Government at the conference that to achieve an effective implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda there is a need for 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 which demonstrates clearly that in unity, our voices will go far”, President Sirleaf emphasized.