In post-MDG talks, a clamor for a peaceful, green future

African leaders meet on the post-2015 agenda in Tunisia. Photo by: African Development Bank Group

From Africa to Europe, conversations on the shape of the next development agenda continue to gain momentum, with more voices calling for a more inclusive, greener and conflict-free growth after 2015.

African leaders met March 11-14 in Hammamet, Tunisia, to make sure the African voice is heard in the crafting of the post-2015 development agenda. More than 100 delegates from at least 200 countries also met March 13 in Helsinki, Finland, to discuss the nature of conflicts and violence.

“Africa needs comprehensive competitiveness. Human capital, science and technology, and infrastructure; all these areas are very important as we move forward into 2015,” William Augustao Mgimwa, Tanzania’s finance minister, said during the meeting.

An African position on the post-2015 development agenda will be ratified by heads of state at the African Union summit in May 2013.

In Helsinki, discussions revolved around the theme of preventing conflicts and violence as a development strategy to improve human capital, expand economy and build a peaceful society.

Participants talked about ways to prevent consequences of conflicts, wars and disasters from reversing strides in development.

“Post-2015 global development initiatives should emphasize support for strategies that would help countries to overcome domestic insecurity and conflict, transform their economies, strengthen the rule of law and guarantee that all citizens have equal access to justice,” Graça Machel, a member of the U.N. high-level panel on the post-2015 development agenda, said during the Helsinki meeting.

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