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AGI Newsletter, June 2013

The June Issue of the AGI Newsletter is available through the link : http://www.iag-agi.org/IMG/pdf/AGI-Newsletter-N-39-June.pdf

It is three years before the 2015 deadline and at a time when the debate on the post-2015 development agenda is heightening. For this reason, the AGI deems predominantly important to disseminate and popularize the constructive discussion on Africa’s position regarding the deadline in order to avoid the lack of appropriation in terms of formulation ; which has been one of the chief barriers that have kept the continent from completely meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).

The African Union having themed this year as that of ‘Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance’, AGI will seize the opportunity to advocate for governance and leadership to be at the centre of the achievement of all new MDG’s.

Governance and leadership must be recognized as the foundations for the permanent eradication of poverty, for job creation (especially for the youth) and for the continent’s social transformation. Both notions are prerequisites for sustainable and equitable development as well as for inclusive growth. Besides, both are at the centre of all new global commitments. With post-2015 at the horizon, we must insist on the necessity for African nations to have practical leadership that focuses on results. We must also highlight African leaders’, governments’, institutions’ and non-state actors’ obligations to establish democratic, participative, inclusive and responsible governance for development. It is a goal that is rooted in Africa Shared Values values, as proven by several African Union legal instruments – such as the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance – and in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). This goal applies to all African countries and it is a requirement for the construction of states that are capable and accountable, and endowed with credible institutions where the rule of law is guaranteed to citizens and to all stakeholders. By making governance and leadership the focal points of the post-2015 agenda, we will ensure that African countries evolve in an environment of peace and security, characterized by development that is efficient, durable, equitable and based on rights. Peace / security and development are indeed two sides of the same coin. One cannot subsist without the other, and both consolidate and complete each other.

You will find in this issue of the Newsletter :

- The African common position on the post-2015 development agenda ;
- The Outcome document of UNECA and UNDP regional consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda ;
- The Report Of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons On The Post-2015 Development Agenda.

We especially thank the Department of Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission for their help in the capitalization of the documents needed for the making of the Newsletter.


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