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Putting Children at the Centre of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, an Advocacy Campaign by ACPF.

The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) has recently developed a Position Paper: Towards an African Position on Children and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Paper is the outcome of a review of ACPF’s extensive research on child rights and wellbeing in Africa over the past decade. The Position Paper is complemented by a Situational Analysis of Children in Africa, entitled Africa's Children and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Source: http://www.africanchildinfo.net/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=6589%3Aafricas-children-and-the-post-2015-development-agenda&lang=en#.Uef-31OGjOd

2013 marks a milestone regarding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): indeed, only two more years are left to achieve the unfinished agenda of the MDGs, and to start working on what will replace the MDGs after 2015. The process for setting the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda is well underway. The UN Secretary General established a UN System Task Team and also appointed a High-level Panel of Eminent Persons to provide guidance and recommendations on a post-2015 development framework. The Panel’s Report was released on 30th May 2013. Processes undertaken by the Task Team and the High Level Panel are complemented by national consultations in more than 60 countries and a set of eleven thematic consultations organized by the United Nations Development Group.

Parallel to the complex and fast-paced UN initiated processes, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and other concerned entities are organizing consultations, fora and other participatory processes with the aim of making an input into the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Under the leadership of the African Union Commission, a consultative process is underway to define Africa’s position on post-2015 development priorities. Towards this end, three consultations were held: Mombasa, Kenya (October 1-2, 2012); Dakar, Senegal (December 10-11, 2012); and Hammamet, Tunisia (March 11-14, 2013). An outcome of this process was submitted for endorsement by African Ministers and for ratification by Heads of State at the African Union Summit in May 2013. This 21st Summit coincided with celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU.

In this context, the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), as a Pan-African organization working towards the respect, protection and realisation of children's rights, is an important stakeholder and has recently developed a Position Paper: Towards an African Position on Children and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Paper is the outcome of a review of ACPF’s extensive research on child rights and wellbeing in Africa over the past decade; a review of key reports of other child rights focused agencies; the input of partners and technical experts; a Technical Consultation; and a final review by eminent child rights experts. The Position Paper is complemented by a Situational Analysis of Children in Africa, entitled Africa's Children and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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Published July 18, 2013 4:56 PM - Last modified July 18, 2013 5:01 PM