Beyond 2015 to hold pre-UNGA discussions on MDGs

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The Zambia civil society organizations (CSOs) operating as Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will next month host a series of discussions with stakeholders on how Zambia has performed in meeting the goals ahead of the 2015 deadline.

Beyond 2015 Regional Coordinator Dean Nsabashi disclosed to ZANIS in an interview that the organisation will bring stakeholders together to discuss the post 2015 development agenda ahead of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly which will sit in September this year.

Mr. Nsabashi, who is Executive Director for the Zambia Asthma Association, said the ten Zambian civil society organizations that are members of the Beyond 2015, have been grouped and were being coordinated by his organization to ensure that they look at what the country has achieved and what it has not.

He said the discussions were meant to hold government accountable and set the stage for the forthcoming UN general assembly so that the country’s representatives will be well equipped to represent Zambia at the world event.

He disclosed that some of the high level meetings and thematic debates that will take place in March include the discussion on the contribution of women, the youth and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda, the human rights and the rule of law in the post 2015 development agenda and the contributions of the North-South, South-South, triangular cooperation and the ICT for development to the development agenda.

Mr. Nsabashi said the Zambian civil society organisations will be holding all the discussion at the same time with the rest of the participating countries worldwide.

Today, the CSO under Beyond 2015 joined the rest of the members of the international grouping in the registration for the Office of the President for the General Assembly (OPGA) outreach call on women, young people and civil society post-2015.

Beyond 2015 brings together more than 900 civil society organizations in over 100 countries around the world. At least 10 of the over 100 civil societies are Zambian based.