Health and the next global development agenda
Africa-wide consultation on the post-2015 development agenda
11-14 MARCH 2013 | HAMMAMET, TUNISIA — The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health joined ministers, parliamentarians, policy makers, and representatives from civil society, youth organizations and the private sector to define Africa’s position on the post-2015 development agenda, and to review progress made on reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Hosted by the African Development Bank in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Africa Union Commission and the United Nations Development Program, the meeting was the third and final consultation on the post-2015 development agenda for the Africa region, following consultations in Mombasa, Kenya (October 1-2, 2012) and Dakar, Senegal (December 10-11, 2012).
The meeting recognized Africa’s steady progress on the MDGs, including advances in primary school enrolment, gender parity in primary school enrolment, the proportion of seats held by women in national parliament and HIV and AIDS prevalence rates.
PMNCH participated in the meeting’s consultative process on key development issues, and helped to shape outcomes which promoted an integrated approach to health, crucial in the context of the African continent where the morbidity rate for women and children is exceptionally high.
In his keynote address to delegates, African Development Bank Vice-President for Operations Aly Abou-Sabaa said, “This is the time for Africa to set its targets for the post-2015 development agenda,” adding that it is critical for the voice of Africa to be heard and accepted in formulating the agenda.
An African position on the post-2015 development agenda will be endorsed by African ministers and ratified by heads of state at the African Union Summit in May 2013.