The Addis Ababa Action Agenda: Fit for Purpose?

by Sabine Terlecki, 13 July 2015, CONCORD | Over the last three days global civil society have been meeting ahead of the third Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa- discussing the latest draft outcome of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, or short “Addis Accord”.

Today, Monday 13 July, this crucial international conference has been kicked off by UN secretary general, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon. However, this day is not only full of ceremonial discussions; Today, the EU will announce its 10 Point Action Plan on Ffd while the EC is leading on the EU negotiations, and it will most probably also be decided if a closing of the negotiations on the current draft can be expected at this conference – or not. The golden key to close these negotiations is now in the hands of the G77, while the Ethiopian government is expected to play a crucial role as broker.

It is important that this Addis Accord is a real commitment, setting the tone for an ambitious and transformative agenda that will tackle the structural injustices in the current global economic system, as well as ensuring that all development finance is people-centred and protects the environment. But is the latest draft of this Addis Accord fit for this purpose or rather the bird in the hand worth two in the bush?

Global civil society believes that the draft outcome document does not yet rise to the challenges that the world currently faces, nor does it contain the leadership, ambition and practical actions that are necessary. It also questions if it could build the solid ground needed as the operational Means of Implementation (MoI) for the post-2015 development agenda, which is one of the main goals, though not the only one, of this conference.

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