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“From Lament to Action”
We, the senior religious leaders and interest constituencies of, respectively, women, youth, children, people with disabilities and people living with HIV/AIDS from all over Africa, have met at the Commonwealth Resort Hotel in Munyonyo, Kampala, from 30th June to 2nd July 2014 to deliberate on the ongoing process of the post 2015 Development Agenda.
We have reflected on the development challenges of our time, in particular poverty, security, coexistence, disease burden, resource harnessing and exploitation; governance, environmental degradation, global warming and attending negative change in climate, maternal and child mortality, socio-economic and political exclusion, all of which, acting individually and in concert, retard creation and deny a life of dignity to God’s people.
The era of the MDGs is almost over and the world is now in the process of preparing the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As a result, while it is critical to highlight the achievements of the MDGs, it is even more crucial to understand how the challenges surrounding the implementation of the MDGs can be overcome as to formulate a development agenda that is inclusive of the needs of youth. Youth have a major role to play in development, yet young people continue to face numerous challenges that prevent their contributions from making an impact on their societies. Namely, youth unemployment remains a major obstacle to youth empowerment and development.
A. Promote Gender Equality and Participation (follow-up for MDGs)
B. Decrease Youth Unemployment worldwide through the promotion of decent work and universal education
C. Increase access to universal health care
The world today, including Asia, is mired in multiple crises; economic/financial, food and energy, climate change and nuclear threats and weakening democratic governance, as illustrated in the recent “currency wars”, the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street Movement and the Fukushima incident. These crises have worsened the plight of more than half of humanity facing daily struggles for survival, as they live without adequate access to food, water, sanitation, shelter, basic education and healthcare under the threat of climate change. This situation is ongoing or worsening in many places and compelling evidence of the failure of the current socio-economic policies to uplift more than two bottom billions from a state of abject poverty, conflict, social insecurity and environmental degradation.
Statement of Catholic Church-Inspired Organizations Related to Decent Work and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
As a contribution to the discussion of the post-2015 development framework, we, Catholic Church-inspired organizations re-affirm that the most effective route out of poverty and the ongoing global economic crisis is closely linked to the promotion of decent work and support for adequate social protection. Therefore, we confidently affirm that “human work is a key, probably the essential key, to the whole social question, if we try to see that question really from the point of view of man's good.
Bangkok statement on post 2015 development agenda. (In attached file)