“FIRST LADIES’S FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND AID EFFECTIVENESS”
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“FIRST LADIES’S FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND AID EFFECTIVENESS”
Special Focus on Climate Change, Poverty Reduction and Food Security in Africa
The Women 2020 Leadership Caucus of the State of the World Forum-USA, The Climate Change Network (CCN) - Nigeria, The Pan African Climate Education (PACE) Centre- Ghana, The Matamo Community Development Agency (MACODA) -Liberia, the Cameroon Vision Trust /Society for Women Empowerment and Training (SWEET) Africa Foundation-Cameroon with other organizations will be co-hosting the Women Forum on Sustainable Development and Aid Effectiveness from the 19-21 September 2010 in Washington DC, USA. The forum will facilitate an open discussion about these critical issues among African First Ladies, international actors and NGOs and aims to increase First Ladies action related to the global responsibilities of sustainable development, poverty reduction and aid effectiveness.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced. The world’s industrialized countries are the main contributors to the crisis, and less-developed regions, especially Africa, seems destined to suffer most. Climate Change is closely linked to the attainment of the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular MDG Number 7: “ensure environmental sustainability” and Number 1: “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger”. The issues of mitigating the impact of climate change is interconnected with major challenges of the continent: land degradation, availability and sustainable water resources, natural and human-induced environmental disasters, as well as natural disasters such as floods, droughts, desertification and landslides that cause considerable human suffering and threaten economic development and food security/ Food security, an issue that is intricately linked to climate change, has recently come to the fore as a crucial problem of the global community. Tackling these challenges is vital in the struggle to overcome world poverty.
The Women 2020 Leadership Caucus of the State of the World Forum USA, Climate Change Network Nigeria, Cameroon Vison Trust/SWEET Africa Foundation Cameroon working in collaboration with African First Ladies and other major actors in Africa, are now launching the First Ladies Action on Climate Change (FLACC) Africa Initiative as a platform for dialogue on Climate, Food Security and Development. Other partners involved in the Dialogue will include First Ladies of G8 countries, the African Union, NEPAD etc. Important guidance and advice will be given by UNDP, UNEP, FAO and UN Habitat. The Dialogue will be officially launched at the First Ladies Forum and continued through sub regional seminars and national workshops in Africa, USA, and Europe etc leading to the Cancun Summit in Mexico at the end of 2010.
In March 2011, WRRC will be convening a summit on Water and Sanitation in Abuja, Nigeria, looking at the impact of climate change on water resources. As a result of the Conference of Parties (COP-13), of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bali. December 2007, a successor to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) will be negotiated over the two years which will have to be ratified by parliaments before the KP expires in 2012. African First Ladies can work in close collaboration with parliamentarians in building their capacity with the areas of environmental legislative policies, institutional development reform for sustainable development, environmental impact assessments etc. to address women and climate change issues is therefore a condition to meeting this timetable.
The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, signed on the 2nd of March 2005 at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, is an ambitious plan to reform the system of aid delivery. Monitoring of the Paris Declaration is being coordinated by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The 2006 Survey on Monitoring the Paris was completed by 34 countries, and from January –March 2008, 55 countries undertook the 2008 Survey. In parallel, an in-depth quantitative evaluation of the Paris Declaration was conducted by a broad based international reference group. Both the results of the monitoring survey and the first phase of the evaluation process was reported at the 3rd High Level Forum (HLF) on Aid Effectiveness that took place in Accra-Ghana, 2-4 September 2008. There was also a Civil Society International Steering Group towards the High Level Forum also organized a number of activities culminating in a civil society forum on aid effectiveness that took place in Accra, Ghana 30 August -1 September 2008.
It is therefore very important for African First Ladies to join with other civil society organizations in the global discussions about aid effectiveness in Africa. African First Ladies can systematically engage other stakeholders in the sensitization or monitoring of the process. Engaging African First Ladies in the debate around the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness is essential to both inform them about the development and to ensure that a strong message is sent to the Head of States/Government on the impact of Aid on grassroots women.
In order to both sensitize an engage African First Ladies on a regional basis about the Paris Declaration and its monitoring under the First Ladies Action on Climate Change (FLACC). Each sub regional event will produce a set of recommendations on aid effectiveness. During the discussions at the First Ladies Forum these documents will be combined into one set of recommendations to be presented to the African Head of States and Governments.
The First Ladies Forum in September will be part of the First Ladies support program “Mobilizing African First Ladies for Sustainable Development” aimed at facilitating a greater involvement of African First Ladies in promoting sustainable development in Africa especially within the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. The event would be part of the Women Research and Resource Centre (WRRC) Program with special focus on poverty reduction linked to the overall topic of climate change. In the Forum is part of the Program “Engaging African First Ladies in the Aid Effectiveness Debate” to sensitize African First Ladies in target countries about the Paris Declaration and gather First Ladies input about its implementation in order to involve African First Ladies in the aid effectiveness debate. WRRC is seeking support for the First Ladies Forum.
First Ladies from the G8 will be invited to participate with the intention of broadening and extending South-North Dialogue between African First Ladies and First Ladies from G8 countries.
To reinforce the dialogue between African First Ladies and increase First Ladies action related to global responsibilities of sustainable development, poverty reduction and aid effectiveness.
• Increase First Ladies Action in Africa and internationally related to sustainable development and climate change, based on the Action Plan of the Environment Initiative of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
• Assist in establishing a lasting framework for North-South First Ladies Dialogue on Climate, in order to promote First Ladies Action towards a more coordinated strategy to advance sustainable development and to limit the adverse effects of climate change.
• Engage African First Ladies in the aid effectiveness debate and the ongoing process of monitoring the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness
• Discuss the relationship between African First Ladies and the development partner community regarding the monitoring of aid and prioritization of aid policy, including in the context of African/G8 First Ladies Joint Strategy.
• Identify First Ladies recommendation on aid effectiveness to be sent to the respective stakeholder bodies across Africa.
• North-South First Ladies Action Agenda on Climate Change in the framework if the NEPAD’s Action Plan of the Environment Initiative
• An agreed plan for the continued First Ladies Action on Climate Change, Food Security and Development leading to the Cancun Climate Summit and beyond
• First Ladies recommendation on Aid Effectiveness to be sent to the respective stakeholder forums across Africa.
• Interaction between African First Ladies and First Ladies of the G8 countries through the First Ladies Dialogue on Climate, Food Security and Development.
• Measures are undertaken to integrate the framework of NEPAD’s Action Plan of the Environment Initiative into the First Ladies work
• At National and Regional Levels, First Ladies organize informed debates about sustainable development and aid effectiveness.
• Make progress in promoting eco innovation policies by women and effective environmental legislation and their impact on women at the grassroots.
• First Ladies recommendation to be presented and sent to the respective stakeholder forums across Africa.
The following are expected to participate:
• African First Ladies
• First Ladies of G8 Countries
• Council of World Women Leaders (CWWL)
• Women members of parliament from the Pan-African Parliament (PAP and other sub regional parliamentary groups
• Key Women Organizations and Institutions in Africa and Internationally
• Ministry of Women Affairs in Africa
• Office of the White House in Charge of Women and Girls Empowerment
• UNFCCC Secretariat
• African Embassies based in the US
• African Union (AU)
• European Union (EU)
The following participants will be invited
• African Environment Ministers
• African Water Ministers
• Representatives from African Development Bank
• Representative from Africa Parliaments
• Representatives from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN HABITAT and the NEPAD Secretariat
• Representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSO)
• Representatives from Media Organizations
• Representatives from the Private sector and Corporate bodies.
Contact for More Information:
Ms Osprey Orielle Lake
Coordinator –Women 2020 Leadership Caucus, State of the World Forum
Ms Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie
CEO/President -SWEET Africa Foundation
Executive Director-Cameroon Vision Trust
International Coordinator-WECAN Africa
P O Box 1075, Limbe, Cameroon
Tel: 237 99580292
Mr Surveyor Efik
National Coordinator, Climate Change Network (CCN) Nigeria