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17 June 2015

Discussions on Post 2015 Development process gather momentum

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ICLEI Africa attended the Ninth Session of the Committee on Sustainable Development and Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This high-level meeting is bringing together government ministries and agencies, major groups and other stakeholders to the UN processes. ICLEI is considered as a major group representing Local Governments and Municipal Authorities with regional offices facilitating a similar role for local authorities in their respective regions.

Discussions during the sessions in Addis Ababa were centred on the Post 2015 Sustainable Development process, in particular looking at programmatic regional priorities and recommendations to thematic areas of:

– Science-Policy Interface
– Sustainable Consumption and Production,
– Small Islands Developing States and;
– Countries in similar unique situations such as Land Locked Countries, Least Development Countries.

Institutionalisation process of the Major Groups, Civil Society and other stakeholders

On the sides of the Forum, ICLEI Africa attended a meeting convened for Major Groups and other stakeholders. A key outcome of this engagement was a proposal for Major Groups, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders to be institutionalized at the regional level. These institutionalizations are important in efforts to ensure an inclusive, comprehensive and structured participation. This is also in line with Rio+20 outcomes which articulated the importance of multi-stakeholder participation for sustainable development. The proposal was submitted to UNECA who will advise on outcome in due course.

The meeting ran from 15 – 18 June and culminated in a consolidated statement that will serve as Africa’s regional collective input to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) which will be held in July in New York. For more information on the meeting please click here.

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