UNGA on the post-2015 development agenda

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The Gaborone Declaration: local government vision 2030

For local government to play its full role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, it needs to be empowered, capacities need to be reinforced, governance strengthened and citizens should be more engaged in the democratic process, according to delegates at the 2015 Commonwealth Local Government Conference.  Delegates called on the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) to develop a 15 year strategy for local government focusing on supporting its members in developing and implementing modalities to localise the SDGs.

African leaders must show commitment to achieve targets - Ogbonna

National Coordinator of the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), Hilary Ogbonna, in this interview with Business Editor, Sylvester Enoghase, insists that to achieve the 2015 MDGs target, significant efforts will be needed to reduce large numbers of the working poor, to increase employment rates for women, youth and people with disabilities, to promote formalisation and close the gender gap,  Excerpts:

Challenges and opportunities for local government in the new global agenda

Gaborone:  It is a great pleasure to be in Gaborone to address the 2015 Commonwealth Local Government Conference. Let me also congratulate the Commonwealth Local Government Forum on its twentieth anniversary, and thank the Forum for all it has done to promote and support the work of local government in Commonwealth countries and in global forums.

High Level Policy Dialogue on Development Planning in Africa

The Capacity Development Division (CDD) of ECA, in collaboration with the African Centre for Statistics (ACS), is organizing a High Level Policy Dialogue on the topic "The impact of Data Revolution on Development Planning in Africa" from 7 to 8 July 2015 in Cotonou, Benin.

AU Summit: summary outcomes

Heads of State and Government of the 54 member states of the African Union (AU) met in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 14th to 15th June. The Assembly meeting was the last in the three meetings that form the summit of the AU, which started with a meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) from 7-8 June and moved on to the meeting of the Executive Council from 11-12 June.

The new global development agenda and Malawi

I thank the Speaker of the Malawi National Assembly, Hon. Richard Msowoya for inviting me to deliver this lecture here today.  As a former Member of Parliament, Minister, and Prime Minister in New Zealand, I know very well what a critical role parliamentarians play in shaping the development and future prospects of their countries.

African leaders pledge to end open defecation by 2030 at Dakar conference

WaterAid today welcomed the pledges of African leaders to eliminate inequalities and end open defecation in their countries by 2030, and to work towards giving every person access to safe sanitation and good hygiene.

Domesticate Agenda 2063, CS Amina urges African countries

Sandton: Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed Wednesday joined other African Foreign Ministers in calling for the domestication of Africa’s Agenda 2063. Agenda 2063 in Africa’s development print for the next fifty years and aims to achieve an integrated, united and borderless Africa, which speaks in one voice and permits the free movement of goods, capital, services and people.

5 things you should know about governance as a proposed sustainable development goal

Washington: On May 27, I had the pleasure of serving as a panelist at an event organized by the Governance Thematic Group of 1818 Society of the World Bank Group (WBG) Alumni.

Shaping the Global Development Agenda after the MDGs and what it means for Africa, Rwanda

Kigali:  As the twilight rapidly sets in on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with their end-2015 deadline fast approaching, the efforts that have already been underway for at least two years now for ushering in another new dawn for a global development compact are also at full speed.


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