Africa and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa, 13-16 July
This week's edition of the Common African Position newsletter profiles the outcomes of the just-concluded Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Readers can access the official outcome document while statements made by African government representatives are also highlighted.
Five side events, with high profile participants, were organised by NEPAD during the Financing for Development conference. They were:
Regional organizations/platforms missing link between Post-2015 Agenda and countries
Financing development justice and economic growth: how can FfD3 deliver for rights and sustainability?
Unlocking public and private capital for African infrastructure
Harmonization and coordination of Pan-African and international energy initiatives
Financing Africa’s Malabo Commitments on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation
Statements made by two African countries in the closing session are worth noting:
South Africa, speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, recognized that progress had been achieved, with compromise outcomes in key areas such as the call for a global infrastructure forum, a more comprehensive treatment of the issue of debt sustainability in the context of the United Nations, provisions for capacity-building and a technology transfer mechanism and dedicated mechanisms for follow-up and review with inter-governmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations. He regretted, however, certain omissions, such as the need to fully upgrade the Tax Committee into an intergovernmental body, to make an explicit reference to countries and people living under foreign occupation, to explicitly address the issue of lifting coercive measures and to clarify that climate financing did not count as ODA, nor could it be mixed with traditional development finance.
Nigeria, associating with the Group of 77 and China, said that the Conference had given a “new lease on life to multilateralism” and refocused attention on key issues. With the agenda’s adoption, there was now an opportunity to go forward and at last overcome the challenges that overwhelmed humanity, including those of poverty and climate change; the most vulnerable countries could have a new lease on life. A message was also being sent to countries emerging from conflict that they would have partners in their recovery. Finally, the indispensability of the United Nations was reaffirmed.
Our selection of articles counting down to the UNGA's post-2015 development agenda conference in September focusses on African health and nutrition issues. Readers can download the African Regional Nutrition Strategy (ARNS) launched last week in Addis. Readers can also download the final draft of the outcome document being negotiated in New York over the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, climate change negotiators met in Paris this week to prepare for December's COP21 conference. We profile an important new research report and the results of a new global survey which reveals African concerns about climate change.