Education and jobs top list of what Africans want post-2015

Jun 18, 2015

The top priorities for Africans in the post-2015 era are education, jobs, decent healthcare, infrastructure and an honest and responsive government, according to a survey conducted by the United Nations.

Two million Africans were among 7.5 million people around the world who responded to the global My World Survey that canvassed the views of the general public on what they want to see in the new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be agreed by world leaders this September. 

“That shows the importance of the economic development agenda for the region, for structural transformation and for jobs,” said Paul Ladd, Director of the UNDP Post-2015 team. He noted that the Africa results were similar to the global findings, with the addition of infrastructure.

He was speaking at an informal panel discussion, The Africa We Want in Post-2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa’s Development Dialogues, Participants included representatives from government, private sector, development partners and other UN agencies.

He added that the survey was part of a broader global consultation process conducted by UNDP on behalf of the UN Development Group, engaging hundreds of thousands of people on the future they want to see. Governments also co-sponsored 11 global thematic consultations on various topics including population dynamics, environmental sustainability and water.

The panel discussion took place a few weeks ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development conference to take place in Addis Ababa during 13-16 July.

Participants discussed financing of the new SDGs and the complementary roles of different actors and sectors in their achievement. They also discussed the linkages between the SDGs and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 that sets a pathway to an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent.

Paul Ladd also presented on the status of the post-2015 process, covering the draft Outcome Document, the proposed SDG goals and targets, and issues related to the means of implementation, follow-up and review.

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