Eminent African leaders will meet to ensure that the rights and wellbeing of children are at the heart of the post-2015 development framework
Posted by African Press International on May 7, 2013
As the African Union (AU) prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary at a time when consultations on the post-2015 development agenda are gathering pace, a High Level Dialogue will focus the debate and the spotlight on the rights and wellbeing of children in Africa to ensure they are at the heart of any new development framework.
Chaired by H.E. Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique (1986-2005) and Chairman of the International Board of Trustees of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), the High Level Dialogue will bring eminent African leaders and thinkers together to discuss and agree the critical priorities for children on the continent. Children make up as much as 60% of the population in some African countries. The discussion will focus around four thematic areas:
1. Children’s survival and development;
2. Protection of the children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect;
3. Ensuring children’s social inclusiveness and equality;
4. Building capacities, voices and commitments for children.
The High Level Dialogue will take place a few days ahead of the AU Summit (26-27 May 2013) which will mark the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU, and where Africa’s Common Position on the post-2015 agenda will be adopted by Heads of State; it will reinforce and build on recommendations from the consultations previously held as part of building a common voice on children in Africa. Organised by ACPF – a Pan-African policy research and advocacy organisation – it aims to contribute to ensuring children’s rights and their realisation are reflected in a strong framework and a common set of accountable goals for governments and the international community.
The global community has been intensely discussing what will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015. The MDGs galvanised development efforts and guided global and national development priorities. The High-level Panel of Eminent Persons established by the UN Secretary General will publish its report and recommendations in May.