Pillar 3: People-centred development

Tobacco taxes too effective to overlook in financing for development

New York: Governments are in the midst of tough talks in New York over the text of the Addis Ababa Accord, which is scheduled to be adopted at the end of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) , to be held in Ethiopia in July.  However at last report, negotiators continued to downplay a powerful mechanism that governments could use to help achieve and finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September: tobacco taxes.

The DATA Report 2015: putting the poorest first

2015 is a year that will shape the course of history. A new set of Global Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – will be launched in September, which will set out the path to a fairer, more prosperous world and an end to extreme poverty.  But goals alone are not enough – they need a clear plan of action and the resources to deliver it. In mid-July, governments will convene for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: this will be the pivotal point of the year.

AU consults Botswana

Gaborone:  Botswana is one of the six countries that the African Union (AU) is consulting regarding the domestication process of Agenda 2063.  Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

Gender Equality Index for Africa: launched!

Abidjan: The African Development Bank unveiled on Monday, May 25 the first-ever Gender Equality Index for Africa, aimed at informing policies to transform economies and to propel governments to adopt an ambitious agenda for making gender equality a reality throughout the continent.

Swaziland health minister reads Africa’s statement at Geneva meet

Geneva: Minister of Health Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane was recently entrusted by the 47 member states the World Health Organisation African Region to present the topic of ‘Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda’ at the 68th World Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting started last Monday (May 18) will end tomorrow.

African Economic Outlook 2015

Abidjan: With Africa’s population set to triple by 2050, modernising local economies will be vital to make the continent more competitive and to increase people’s living standards, according to the African Economic Outlook 2015, released at the African Development Bank Group’s 50th Annual Meetings.

Innovation as a driver for sustainable development

New York: The UNDP’s Innovation Facility has launched its Annual Review for 2014, showing why innovation is becoming increasingly important in international development and for UNDP itself. It describes UNDP’s approach to innovation, highlights innovative practices and spotlights all 49 initiatives funded by the Innovation Facility across 54 countries.

Johannesburg conference links human rights, financial transparency

Johannesburg: International and African experts on human rights and illicit financial flows are convening in Johannesburg, South Africa this week for a multi-day conference on the linkages between financial transparency and human rights in Africa.

ECA and Tony Elumelu Foundation collaborate on a data revolution for Africa

Lagos: The Tony Elumelu Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa concluded a three-day working session to create a roadmap on how to implement an ambitious plan to initiate a “data revolution” across Africa. 2015 marks the end of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a global initiative with the aim of addressing some of the most intransigent problems facing millions of people throughout the developing world including extreme poverty and hunger, gender inequality, and disease, among others.

AGENDA 2063: The Africa we want

We, the people of Africa and her Diaspora, united in diversity, young and old, men and women, girls and boys from all walks of life, deeply conscious of history, express our deep appreciation to all generations of Pan-Africanists. In particular, to the founders of the Organisation of African Unity for having bequeathed us an Africa with exemplary successes in the fight against slavery, colonialism and apartheid.

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