By Dele Ogbodo
The Regional Coordinator, West and Central Africa, of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, (UNMC), Mr. Nelson Muffuh, said weekend that the UN has set up a task team of senior technical experts under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its counterpart, the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), to lead the work and help define a system-wide vision for post 2015 framework.
The two agencies, he said, are being headed by Messrs. Olav Kjorven and Jomo Sundarm.
Declaring open a National Workshop on the Media and the Acceleration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, Muffuh added that the 2011 annual report of the Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, on accelerating progress towards the MDGs options for sustained and inclusive growth and the issues for advancing the UN development agenda beyond 2015, laid out the broad principles of the post 2015 process.
These, according to him, include the need to foster an inclusive, open and transparent consultation processes with the stakeholders participation, and to use established global, regional and national mechanisms and process to ensure that such deliberation incorporate lessons learned and experiences from all stakeholders like the civil society actors.
He said: “The task team has been mandated to produce a study which will serve as a road map for the work of a high level panel that Ki-Moon will appoint later in the year.
“The study will critically appraise the current MDG framework, the map, ongoing activities and outside of the UN on defining a post 2015 agenda, and assess challenges that have become more prominent in the last decade.”
According to him, the analytical work that will be conducted by the task team will require the preparation of thematic think pieces and cross cutting issues around assessing the MDGs framework so as to identify what needs to be improved upon in 2015 and identify emerging developmental challenges that have become pressing in 2000.
In his remarks, the national coordinator, UNMC, Mr. Hilary Ogbonna, said last year, MDGs successfully galvanised many governments and key actors in the field of development to work together within a framework where it has been easy to chart a new course in policy and rights based interventions with greater emphasis on the plight of the poor. Ogbonna said: “A lot of planning activities, monitoring and evaluation have taken 2015 as a major benchmark and all these being done with the assumption that there will be more challenges to be dealt with beyond 2015.”
He stressed that it was prudent that broad based and inclusive consultations on post 2015 scenarios began right now, but must be built on the existing foundation of antipoverty forum that was consolidated on the basis of MDGs.
He said there was need to seize the opportunities contained in global discussions to define and promote an Afro-centric agenda focused on making development and growth more pro poor, sustainable, resilient, equitable and inclusive. He said: “A key moment will certainly be the Rio+20 Summit coming up next month to be followed by the major MDGs Review Summit in 2013.
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