Two key outputs of a recent African Union (AU) meeting on social development have been uploaded to the RIO+ Centre’s website’s Publications Library under the “Poverty and Social Protection” thematic area, in English, Portuguese, French and Arabic.
These include the Report of the Ministers and the final Declaration of the First Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Social Development, Labour and Employment (STC-SDLE-1) of the AU which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20-24 April 2015. Both reflect the Dakar Recommendations on social protection that were presented at the Addis meeting by Rômulo Paes de Sousa, the Director of the RIO+ Centre.
The Dakar Recommendations were the main outcome of the International Seminar on Social Protection held in Dakar, Senegal, on 8-9 April; organized through a partnership between the African Union, the Governments of Brazil and Senegal, the Lula Institute, and UNDP through the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA).
The seminar provided a critical space for multistakeholder dialogue and the kind of review mechanism that will be important in monitoring and shaping the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted at a UN summit in September in New York.
Twelve African countries, representatives from Brazil, civil society organizations and UN agencies shared experiences and models for funding social protection programmes sustainably, in the context of the entrenched inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa and in spite of booming economic growth.