Monday, June 15, 2015

Action2015/Kenya calls for innovative ideas to fight poverty and climate change in Africa

TWS||Nicholas Waigwa

Following his election to the chair’s seat of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) to succeed President Ellen Jonson Sir leaf of Liberia, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya remarked, “this is a time when the APR Mechanism calls for revitalization to effectively execute its mandate as a tool for governance transformation in the continent.”

Uhuru Kenyatta noted that the APR mechanism has lost much of its luster as an innovative, home-grown and effective tool to deliver on good governance for Africa, adding that the Mechanism’s promise of enhancing good governance is fast waning. 

Observing that Africa’s success on the development agenda rests on good and effective governance, the Kenyatta called  for strengthening of the role of the Panel of Eminent Persons in ‘enforcing’ compliance as contemplated in the mechanism. 

He underscored the need for raising the profile of APRM as the authoritative Governance index for Africa as he promised his government’s commitment to promote the principals of the Mechanism.

Meanwhile, Action2015/Kenya National coalition has on 15th June 2015 welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election as the APRM chairman and promised to engage him and his fellow African leaders on areas of concern to the continent.

As they called for innovative initiatives, ideas and firm commitments to address climate change, poverty and inequality in Africa, the action215/Kenya National Coalition reaffirmed her commitment to continue with the call to leaders in Africa and beyond to set and fund ambitious post 2015 development goals to tackle these issues. 

African leaders together with other strategic partners are expected to hold an extraordinary Summit in Nairobi Kenya before end of 2015 to discuss strategies for rejuvenating the African Peer Review Mechanism.

The APR Mechanism is open to any African Union country where interested countries are admitted upon depositing signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It is mandated to ensure that the policies and practices of participating countries conform to the agreed values in regard to democratic political processes, economic and corporate governance values & standards.

Action2015/Kenya National Coalition is a member of the action2015 campaign – a global coalition of over 1600 organizations around the world. The action/2015 global campaign has so far taken over 21 million actions calling on world leaders to make the right decisions in for people and planet in 2015, a landmark year that is expected to define the global development agenda for the next 15 years.

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