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ACCORD publication on Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

9 Sep 2014
John W. Ashe, President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, addresses the Assembly at an informal meeting on the challenges the UN will face in 2014 (UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras)

Latest Policy & Practice Brief examines Africa’s progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The latest publication by the ACCORD critically discusses the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda against lessons learnt from operationalisation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly relevant due to the fact that the MDGs will lapse in 2015, with little progress in meeting the target having been made by African countries.

ACCORD’s Policy & Practice Brief (PPB) #32, titled “On the future Africa wants: The Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, was written by Dr Siphamandla Zondi. In this piece, Dr Zondi explains:

  • the significance of the CAP, and some of the contentious issues encountered in arriving at it
  • the implicit and explicit value of having a CAP, and some points of synergy on which diverse African views can converge
  • how much influence the CAP is likely to have on global debates on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the key policy points that the CAP is most interested in shifting.

He also examines the CAP’s posture in relation to key global debates on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and unpacks the political dynamics within the Africa Group, and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), that could impact on Africa’s success in making its mark on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

By producing the PPB at this juncture, ACCORD aimed to make a timely and constructive contribution to preparations for UNGA meetings and side-events taking place during September 2014, by outlining the undertakings of the CAP, how it was arrived at, and the extent to which it has been adopted in practice as a common lobbying point for all African states.

ACCORD PPBs aim to provide succinct, rigorous and accessible information and recommendations and to stimulate informed and relevant debate to promote dialogue as a way to peacefully resolve conflict.

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  • Policy & Practice Brief
  • Millennium Development Goals
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