Pres.Sirleaf Launches CAP on Post-2015 Development Agenda Today

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will launch the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at a ceremony in Monrovia aimed at acquainting Liberians about the CAP and enlightening policy makers and stakeholders on Africa’s development priorities.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the two-day program begins with the launch on Monday, May 26, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. where members of the Cabinet, Legislature, Judiciary, the Diplomatic Corps, Heads of National Institutions and Autonomous Agencies have been invited to attend.

On Tuesday, May 27, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Bella Casa Hotel, there will be a full day of presentations and discussions with members of the private sector, civil society, academia, the media, and other stakeholders to encourage their involvement and support of events concerning the CAP.

The High Level Committee (HLC) chaired by President Sirleaf was set up by the African Union during its May 2013 Summit to draft a CAP on the Post-2015 Development Agenda by identifying areas of priority to Africa.

The HLC, which comprises 10 Heads of State and Government from the five regions of Africa, has held several consultative and technical meetings to look at the list of priorities developed by institutions around the continent to reach a consensus on the development framework that should succeed the Millennium Development Goals in September 2015.

The Committee completed its work and the African Union adopted the CAP on January 31, 2014 and subsequently launched it in March 2014 in N’djamena, Chad.

The CAP is built around six pillars: Structural Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth; Science Technology and Innovation (STI); People Centered Development; Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resources and Natural Disaster Management; Peace and Security; and Financing and Partnership for Implementation of Post-2015 Development Agenda.

In the next phase of its work, the HLC will begin negotiations with other regions of the world as well as development partners to ensure that Africa’s vision is included in the United Nations Post-2015 Global Development Agenda.