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SECAM to discuss the MDGs and the Post 2015 Development Agenda
A delegation from the grouping of bishops’ conferences in Africa is in New York this week to meet with some African leaders attending the 68th UN General Assembly. In collaboration with some religious bodies and aid and development organizations, such as Caritas Internationalis, the SECAM delegation will be discussing with the African leaders issues related to the Millinnium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post 2015 Development Agenda. During the September 23-25 meetings, the SECAM delegation and its partners will present their vision for the period after the expiry of the target date of 2015 for the attainment of the MDGs. A statement from the communications secretariat said, the leaders of the Catholic church in Africa and their partners in development envision an era where "values, faith, morality and dignity of the human person, especially the poor and marginalized, take centre stage for an authentic development paradigm for Africa." The delegation led by Vice-President of SECAM, Archbishop Gabriel Justice Anokye of Kumasi, Ghana will be joined by CIDSE, which groups 17 Church development agencies such as CAFOD, the Act Alliance and Caritas Internationalis.
SECAM Press Release, 20 September 2013
SECAM and African Presidents to
discuss Integral Development
The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in collaboration with some religious bodies, Caritas Internationalis, CIDSE, and ACT Alliance would be holding a Special Event on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Post-2015 Agenda with Presidents of a number of African countries during the 68th UN General Assembly in New York.
The Special Event to be held from September 23- 25 2013will afford SECAM and its development partners an opportunity to present a policy document to the African leaders. The document and discussions will centre on the need to put the common good and sustainability and other human values at the heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
SECAM and its Development Partners envision a Post 2015 era where Values, Faith, Morality and the Dignity of the human person, especially the poor and marginalized, take center stage for an authentic development paradigm for Africa. They will also call for a move away from policies and programmes based on universalized worldviews to processes that put planning and implementation of these processes in the hands of the people most affected.
Some of the Presidents who have been invited to meet with SECAM and its partners are: Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, President of Liberia and Chair of the African High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; Jacob Zuma of South Africa; John D. Mahama of Ghana; Hailemariam Desalegu of Ethiopia and the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The meetings which will be held with these leaders will be held separately as when each of them will be available for such an engagement during the said period.
Apart from meeting with the presidents from Africa the delegation will hold discussions with Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning; officials of the European Union, and high ranking officials of some European countries.
The delegation of SECAM will be led by Most Rev. Gabriel Justice Anokye, Vice-President of SECAM and Archbishop of Kumasi, Ghana. He will be accompanied Rev. Fr. Joseph Komakoma, Secretary General of SECAM and Mr. Firmin Adjahossou, Programme Officer of the Good Governance Programme of SECAM.
His Eminence, Cardinal Oscar Rodiquez of Honduras heads the Caritas Internationalis delegation; the Director of CAFOD, a Development Agency for England and Wales, has Dr. Chris Bain as its leader. The heads of other delegations are: Mr. Bernd Nilles, Secretary General of CIDSE and Mr. Justin Kilcullen of Trocaire, an Irish Development Agency.
Benedict B. Assorow. Director of Communications, SECAM
P.O. Box KA 9156
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SECAM, which brings together the leaders of the Catholic Church in Africa, has led efforts to input the African civil society's vision and priority for Post-2015 to the African Union.
Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic humanitarian and development federation with a presence in almost every country in the world has been campaigning to raise awareness on this Post-2015 Agenda.
CIDSE, the international alliance of 17 Catholic development organisations, is a co-founder of the International Beyond-2015 Campaign and is currently engaged in convening the campaign at the international and European levels.
The members of CIDSE are: – Belgium • – England and Wales • – France • – USA • – the Netherlands • – Canada • – Belgium • – Slovakia • – Switzerland • – Portugal • – Italy • – Luxembourg • – Austria • – Spain • – Germany • – Scotland • – Ireland.