RCM-Africa pushes for an African Common Position on the post 2015 development agenda


ECA Press Release 200/2012

Addis Ababa, 15 November 2012 (ECA) -  The 13th Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa) concluded two days of discussions among stakeholders with an Outcome Document that  recommends how the continent’s needs and priorities are considered in the post-2015 development agenda.

At the closing ceremony, Mr. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Director of Economic Development and NEPAD Division of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) summarized  the main recommendations of the thirteenth session of RCM-Africa.

According to Nnadozie, the post-2015 Development Agenda for Africa should take on board the following: participation and ownership of an African-owned and led process that captures the reality of Africa reduction of poverty and vulnerability to crises; learning from past experiences; resource mobilization for transformative development;  and a human- centered approach to development.

He also emphasized the prioritization of inclusive development strategies to benefit the needs of the youth,the poorest and most fragile states; the need for an integrated approach; managing urbanization; responding to climate change and natural disasters; strengthening evidence-based planning and policy making; and enhancing coordination for development effectiveness.

The Outcome Document highlighted the need for continental goals to be reflected in national plans and budgets to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the Post-2015 agenda.

The meeting was followed by a press conference, where Mr. Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General; Mr. Carlos Lopes, the UN Under-Secretary and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission and Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission briefed journalists on the theme of the meeting.

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