Pillar 3: People-centred development

UN projects world population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, driven by growth in developing countries

New York: The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released today.

ITUC-Africa Human and Trade Union Rights Network: statement on illicit financial flows

Abuja: African trade union leaders from 25 African countries gathered here in Abuja, Nigeria for the past two days (27-28 July)  to discuss some critical and urgent issues affecting workers, families and communities across Africa with the view to contribute practical suggestions to them. Some of these issues include: halting Illicit Financial Flows from Africa in the context of the quest to mobilize domestic resources to finance Africa’s structural transformation.

Olusegun Obasanjo: My Africa utopia

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian president has predicted that by the year 2025, the whole of Africa will use a common currency called Afri. He forecasted this in his Op-Ed titled “My Africa utopia” written for Financial Times. Obasanjo is of the opinion that Africa’s economy will grow while that of China, Europe, North America stagnates.

A call for comments: SDG business monitoring framework

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact, and the Global Reporting Initiative are developing a business monitoring framework for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The second draft of SDG Compass is released for public consultation, and we very much welcome your feedback. 

NEPAD side events at the Third International Financing for Development conference

Five side events were organised by NEPAD during the Third International Financing for Development conference, held in Addis Ababa in July 2015.  They were:   

African faith-based organisations urge respect for region's resources

Addis Ababa: Speaking of the African Faith Leaders’ Statement on Financing for Development, issued following a side event at the 3rd United Nations Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, The Rev Nicta Lubaale, General Secretary of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches, said, the key message from African faith communities is “respect Africa’s resources”.

Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Global Action (final draft)

We are pleased to share with you the final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit in September 2015 which will adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This final draft builds on the feedback received from Member States and other stakeholders during our 22 to 25 June negotiation session and endeavours to respond to comments and suggestions made. It contains three annexes.

Regional organisations/platforms missing link between Post-2015 Agenda and countries

Addis Ababa: “Most of Africa’s development challenges do not have optimum national solutions, but regional solutions,” CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, noted during a side-event on Monday at the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event was organised by the NEPAD Agency, Government of Bangladesh, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and held under the auspices of the Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev).

'Sub-Saharan Africans voice substantial concerns about climate change'

New York: In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, many publics around the world name global climate change as a top threat, according to a new Pew Research Center survey measuring perceptions of international challenges. This is particularly true in Latin America and Africa, where majorities in most countries say they are very concerned about this issue.

How AIDS changed everything - MDG 6: 15 years, 15 lesson of hope from the AIDS response

Addis Ababa:  The AIDS targets of MDG 6 - halting and reversing the spread of HIV - have been achieved and exceeded, according to a new report released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). New HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%.

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