Areas of Engagement


by Thalif Deen | “Global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 time frame,” says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the latest status report released Monday.

"Unfortunately, the trend in the U.N. secretary-general's office and many developed countries is to place hopes in private corporations and 'multi-stakeholder partnerships' that fudge the massive problems caused by many corporations." -- Yoke Ling Chee

Means of Implementation (MOI), currently under Goal 17, has witnessed a heated battle between the developed and developing countries through the entire course of the twelve OWG sessions that have transpired since March 2013.  In fact MOI was not on the initial agenda when the OWG had its first session to plan out its course of work. This was finally included as a topic for the 6th Session at the insistence of the developing countries.

On June 19th 2014, the seminar 'Environmental Sustainability and Agriculture: considerations on the global agenda post 2015' has been held in the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, food and forestry policies (Mipaaf). Many representatives of various institutions of civil society and private sector took part to it. The goal of the meeting was to share and strenghten the shared Italian committment towards the development of a sustainable agriculture, safeguarding natural resources as well as local cultures.

African growth has doubled the average growth rate of the 1990s. Between 2000 and 2011, six of the world's fastest growing economies were in Africa-Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Rwanda

This was the first joint meeting held between the Kenyan governments of Kisumu, Busia and Siaya Counties to jointly plan the utilization of shared natural and physical resources within the region.

We recognize that the Common African Position (CAP) has strong commitments to ensure that "No person - regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status - is denied universal human rights and basic economic opportunities." African Heads of State specifically highlighted the inextricable link between gender equality, women's rights, women's empowerment and Africa's structural transformation.

By Raphael Obonyo | Earlier this year, the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited at least four African countries; Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya, with the aim of deepening economic ties in the continent.

The Premier's visit to Africa was significant because it sought to increase China's engagement and investment in the Continent. During his visit, the Premier signed multibillion deals and cooperation agreements.

Member States in the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that met at its 12th session on 16-20 June in New York are negotiating a set of goals and targets based on a 'zero draft' prepared by the OWG Co-Chairs Ambassadors Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Korosi (Hungary).

They met in 'informal-informals' mode on 9-11 June with intense work on the first seven proposed goals as the July deadline for the OWG's work draws closer and continued in this mode into the week that was originally scheduled to be in a formal mode.

The development community is turning its attention to this new middle class to understand its potential role and what kind of development actor this may become. Two initial questions arise from the outset of the debate: What do we mean by middle class (whether it is old or new)? and how do we define it?

For African and other developing countries, inequalities are a critical issue particularly at this present conjuncture of Africa experiencing a period of great optimism about its prospects. On the one hand, some of the fastest growing economies are in Africa, with Africa’s economic growth having been consistently above 5 per cent on average since 2002, except in 2009 when it was below 4 per cent. On the other hand, over three decades of economic liberalization policies have not been accompanied by the expansion of  employment opportunities at the same pace, in many African countries.