Meeting to Review and Finalize Indicators on the Post 2015 Development Agenda
1.The Report, Assessing Progress Towards Attaining the Millennium Development Goals in Africa, is jointly prepared annually by the African Union Commission (AUC) the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in response to African Union Heads of State and Government Summit Decision to prepare status reports on progress in Africa towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
2.Before this Joint annual report, the African Union Commission prepared the Review of the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):Towards an African Common Position following the Decision by the African Union Assembly of the 4th Ordinary Session, held from 30-31 January 2005, requesting the AU Commission to coordinate and lead the process of developing an African Common Position as the Continent’s contribution to the Report on the Review of the Millennium Declaration and the MDGs which was considered at a High-level Summit in September 2005.
3.The mandate to produce a joint Africa MDGs report annually was re-affirmed at subsequent Conferences and Summits. Since then AUC, ECA, AfDB and later UNDP have been preparing Africa MDGs report that reviews progress made by African countries towards the attainment of MDGs and proposes recommendations on how to accelerate the attainment of the MDGs. The MDG reports provide a rigorous assessment of Africa’s progress in achieving the MDGs, serve as a basis for policy discussion, peer learning, and advocacy as well as provide the impetus for decision and action by Africa’s highest political organs and new strategies by Member States. They provide unique African perspectives on the continent performance on the MDGs and also serve as a policy document for promoting strong and coordinated action in African countries towards achieving the MDGs by 2015.
4.The 2015 report is the 10th edition in the annual series and a particularly important edition in view of the fact that it is the final report before the MDGs expire. Accordingly, it will provide an analysis of trends and assesses how far Africa has come in implementing the MDGs. More importantly, it will highlight the lessons learnt in MDG implementation by identifying strategies/interventions that have been successful and those that have not. These lessons can inform the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda/SDGs, particularly regarding those development areas that will be passed on from the current MDG framework.
5.Involving Member States in the consideration of the report is critical. The idea is to solicit inputs from Member States before the report is published and submitted to the relevant bodies. Experts from Member States review the draft report to provide inputs, especially from specific country experiences; and discuss challenges faced in their pursuit to attaining the MDGs, as well as strategies to achieve the MDGs.
6.The overall objective of the expert group’s meeting is to review and validate the draft 2015 report on Assessing progress in Africa toward the MDGs jointly prepared by the AUC, the AfDB, the UNDP and the UNECA; with a view of facilitating the finalization of the report as well as heighten its quality. The final report prepared will be submitted to the next Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government for consideration in June 2015 in South Africa.
7.The specific objectives are:
(i)To review and validate the findings of the report;
(ii)To seek additional information and data from countries;
(iii)To share country experiences on MDG implementation; and
(iv)To share information regarding the intergovernmental process on the post 2015 Development Agenda.
8.The discussions and the recommendations emanating from the meeting will be incorporated to the draft 2015 MDGs report. The report will be finalized, published and launched during the next AU summit in June 2015 and the Financing for Development meeting that will be held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia in July 2015. In addition, the recommendations and possible deliverables resulting from the meeting will be disseminated to a wide-range of stakeholders in African development. The Commission in collaboration with partners will work to ensure that the outcomes are integrated into major initiatives.
IV.Format of the meeting
9.The meeting will be held in plenary session where the drafting team will present the draft chapters of the report. Each chapter presentation will be followed by a discussion on how the chapter can be improved. The discussions will be documented so as to capture contributions which will inform the revision to be made in the draft report.
10.The meeting will be attended by MDGs focal persons from African Countries, statisticians and representatives from partner organizations. Participation of experts from the AU Member States will enrich the report with adequate statistics and provide a global picture regarding Africa’s development/challenges in the attainment of the MDGs. Participants from Member States are expected to bring along current country data on MDGs.