Pillar 3: People-centred development

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.

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.

Trade Union position on Financing for Development

The FfD agenda is an important reference point for discussions on development finance, and serves as a unique space where governments, in particular from the South, are able to debate important issues like trade and foreign direct investment as well as systemic issues like the international financial architecture and financial regulation. These are the global economic issues that were absent in the origin and overall framework of the Millennium Development Goals and remain piecemeal in the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

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.

Zero draft: post-2015 development agenda

The zero draft, dated 2 June 2015, is distributed to facilitate preparations for the next round of inter-governmental negotiations scheduled for 22-25 June 2015. 

Making the next 15 years count with the sustainable development goals

Nairobi: Africa faces two key challenges to achieving its full potential. The remarkable economic progress of the past 15 years must be sustained.  And, this progress must be broadened to include the many millions of people who have yet to benefit from the continent’s rising prosperity. The good news is that we have learnt a great deal over the past decade about what works.

ECA Committee on Sustainable Development

Addis Ababa: The next High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council) will be held in New York from 26 June to 8 July 2015, under the theme “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development after 2015”, which the agenda will mirror.


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