African leaders call for reassessment of MDGsSeptember 10, 2011
African leaders from fragile and conflict-affected countries are calling for a reassessment of the Millennium Development Goals and new approaches to development in Africa.
The leaders made the call on Friday on at a regional peace- and state-building meeting jointly organized by the African Development Bank, UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The leaders in a statement agreed that security, justice, and job creation were priorities that need to inform future work on peace- and state-building.
The meeting, it said, was to help sustain the political momentum to reform the aid agenda, as not a single fragile state in Africa has achieved any of the Millennium Development Goals.
The three regional bodies organized the meeting with the aim of shaping the agenda for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea in November, the statement said.
At the Aid Effectiveness Forum, leaders and experts will take stock of progress since the Accra Forum in 2008 and they will also propose a new framework to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the statement added.
They will also seek to situate aid in its broader development context, considering ongoing and new complexities such as trade, security, and climate change.Tweet