Effective Engagement Towards 2015
Following the recent appointment of the international high-level panel on the post-2015 development agenda by UN Secretary-General, ACORD acknowledges and congratulates all civil society, private sector and government leaders named in the 26-member advisory Panel. This came after the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development during Rio+20 conference held in Brazil in June 2012. The work of the Panel will be to reflect new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained in implementing the MDGs, both in terms of results achieved and necessary areas for improvement.
Together with other civil society groups (United Nations Millennium Campaign Africa Office; FEMNET; OXFAM GB; UNDP Kenya; Organisation of African Youth; Care International; Urgent Action Fund; Beyond 2015 and FAWE) ACORD organized a breakfast meeting in Nairobi on the 10th of August to congratulate Ms Betty Maina who is one of the members on the advisory panel. She is currently the Chief Executive of Kenya's Association of Manufacturers.
During the breakfast meeting, Mr. Elijah Lutwama of ACORD congratulated Ms. Maina upon her appointment acknowledging that it lays a firm foundation for constructive engagement around the Post 2015 planning and dialogue process.
Civil Society Position and Obligations
In his briefing, he highlighted the importance of building structured consultations especially among civil society organisations at different levels. This ensures that effective dialogue and networking is achieved and enhances inclusiveness among all stakeholders. The main spheres of engagement include the national steering committee meeting, national consultations, civil society consultations around thematic areas and the regional consultations.
There is need to ensure that the voices of women, youth and minority groups are included as much as possible especially as part of the UN-led country level consultations which 24 African countries have currently signed on to. Additionally, there is an obligation to strengthen the role of the CSOs and women's right organisations to build a convergence of thought and articulation with the high level Summit.
As noted within the parameters of reflecting on the Post 2015 process, there is need to continue with the ongoing momentum that has been gathered so far form Nairobi to Dakar to Rio back to Dakar and to the AU summit in Addis Ababa: Therefore the need to take advantage of the good will that has already gathered, this will help strengthen the organic growth of the on-going process rather than have multiple processes.
(Participants during breakfast meeting on Post 2015, Nairobi)
From left to right, Nardos Hagos UNDP, Janah Ncube CCPU, Elijah Lutwama ACORD,Shukri Gesod Oxfam, Salina Sanou ACORD, Mwangi Waituru Seed Institute, Mwaura Kaara 2015 Milennium Campaign, Henderana Doroba FAWE, Brenda Muturi Urgent Action Fund Africa, Houghton Irungu Oxfam, David Mudachi ACORD, Fatou Leign UNDP, Dinah Musindarwezo FEMNET, Betty Maina KAM, George Ndungu Organisation of African Youth
Ms. Maina thanked all the partners and expressed her optimism upon her appointment and the work ahead: "I am honored to be part of the high level panel as an advisor to the UN secretary General". She appreciated the spirit and the role of the MDG's in binding states within the spirit of globalised justice as well as the importance of structuring a clear plan on how to accelerate progress.
In order to move forward, she highlighted the need for a clear focus on existing themes, challenges affecting the achievement of the MDGs and remedies that ought to be in place to address the challenges. She also discussed the need to develop a summary of key events and activities around the discussion on post 2015 process in order to inform the panel in an effective manner. In an effort to reinforce the dialogue process and build an effective representation as member of the high level panel, she is encouraging consultations from African CSOs to enhance information and understanding of the process. This will also make the Post 2015 partnership stronger and more able to respond to the issues emanating from the process implementation and stakeholders.
The breakfast meeting was one that yielded an impactful and healthy partnership among the civil society organisations present, especially on the need for strengthening their voice at the high level panel meeting. Given that this is likely to reflect the voice of the people on the ground more effectively, it was therefore agreed that this approach would be replicated by CSOs in Benin and Nigeria as well.
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