Pillar 3: People-centred development

Climate change journalists prepare for post-2015 SDGs reporting

Lusaka: Thirty journalists from across Africa who specialize on environmental issues participated in a two day training in Lusaka, Zambia on Climate Change Reporting in the framework of Post- 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. The training which was opened by Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya was aimed at enhancing the capacity of media to report on the key issues around climate change from a factual and analytical basis.

Reviewing implementation of the post-2015 Agenda: UN HLPF debate

New York: The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development began its 2015 annual session (Friday 26th), with a focus on its role in reviewing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

AU Summit: Decision on the High Level Committee on the post-2015 Development Agenda

The Assembly:

1. TAKES NOTE of the progress made by the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) in New York;

2. EMPHASIZES that the post-2015 development agenda must be ambitious with adequate, predictable and timely means of implementation to respond to the level of ambition in achieving all the SDGs;

3. CALLS UPON the HLC to remain engaged in the intergovernmental negotiation processes, through the AGN, until their completion in September 2015;

AU Summit: Declaration on migration

We the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting at the 25th Ordinary Session of our Assembly in Johannesburg in the Republic of South Africa from 14-15 June 2015, under theme “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa‟s Agenda 2063”.  

Tax incentives denying Kenya money it needs to improve livelihoods

Nairobi: Kenya is bleeding. Between 2002 and 2011 East Africa’s economic powerhouse is estimated to have lost at least Sh151 billion ($1.51 billion) to trade misinvoicing — deliberate cheating by companies on how much goods and services they have sold abroad.  That is three times Kenya’s national health budget or equivalent to about 8.3 per cent of the government’s total revenue. Companies often misinvoice to evade taxes, avoid customs duties, transfer a kickback or launder money.

New campaign to boost tax compliance in Africa

Kigali:  A new campaign to stop Africa from ‘bleeding’ is to be launched today in Nairobi by the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A), a coalition of researchers and activists focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens.  The ‘bleeding’ is symbolic of a $50 billion, which is the minimum that the continent is estimated to lose every year in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), as recently reported by a high level panel chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

Africa needs to improve its cities’ urban infrastructure for future residents – Dlamini-Zuma

Pretoria: African cities should expand and increase their capacity to cater for influxes of residents as rural to urban migration and international relocation continued, said African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Tuesday.

African nations pledge greater women’s involvement in agriculture programs

Nairobi: Sub-Saharan African countries will promote greater involvement of women in agriculture to enhance food security, rural incomes and ecological sustainability.  During a forum to discuss a regional framework on gender inclusion in the agriculture sector, policymakers and gender specialists from the region said in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Monday that governments have prioritized enactment of new policies and laws to promote women’s involvement in agriculture value chains.

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.

UN chief hails Papal Encyclical spotlighting climate change as critical ‘moral issue’

New York: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ Papal Encyclical in which the leader of the Catholic Church deplored climate change as one of the principal challenges facing humanity and called for a ‘new dialogue’ about shaping the future of our planet.

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