African Regional Dialogue on Governance and the Post-2015 Framework
The African Regional Dialogue under the theme “The New Development Agenda: Post-2015 Global Thematic Consultation on Governance” took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday 11th and 12th October 2012. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are leading the global thematic consultation on governance, with support from the Government of Germany and in association with the Pan-African Parliament.
Absence of rule of law, high levels of corruption, weak capacity in local governments and the exclusion of groups from access to governance institutions are among the key obstacles for sustainable development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set out more than a decade ago with targets to be met by 2015.
As the MDG deadline fast approaches, the UN Secretary-General has outlined a UN-led process to determine the post-2015 development framework. Thus national and global thematic consultations on key issues pertaining to the post-2015 development agenda are being held, spearheaded by the UN Development Group. These draw on specialized expertise and a range of stakeholders, predominantly civil society, Parliamentarians, judiciary, think tanks, among others.
This meeting began the process of consultation on how governance, especially accountability, can be integrated future international development commitments-with only three years before the 2015 deadline. The event therefore offered an opportunity to contribute and engage in African viewpoints, experiences and perspectives that reflect the realities of people’s lives and development priorities for the continent.
This dialogue included presentations by the Pan-African Parliament President Hon. Bethel Amadi and Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Governance Practice Director, United Nations Development Programme. Other speakers included representatives from Trust Africa, Open Society Initiative and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Archived video from the sessions of the Dialogue are available for viewing here.
- Conference agenda: African Regional Dialogue, 11-12 October 2012
- Concept note: Post-2015 global Governance Consultation
- Discussion paper: Measuring democracy and democratic governance in a post-2015 development framework
- Thematic think piece: Towards freedom from fear and want: Human rights in the post-2015 agenda (by OHCHR)
- Thematic think piece: Governance and development (by UN DESA, UNDP and UNESCO)
- Summary of closing points: African Regional Dialogue, 11-12 October 2012