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Experts meet to discuss Regional and National Statistical Capacities for Measuring Peace, Rule of Law and Governance in Addis Ababa

By African Union Commission (AUC)
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- An expert meeting started today at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss Regional and National Statistical Capacities for Measuring Peace, Rule of Law and Governance: An agenda for the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals Frame work.

The meeting is a follow-up to the Global Thematic Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disaster, and the Post-2015 Development Framework; organized to bring together policy makers and data specialists, mostly from Africa, to map up various on-going national, regional and international statistical initiatives, frameworks and strategies on Peace, rule of law and Governance; and to build on that experience to advance compelling evidence for incorporating these as target and indicators in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Framework.

Ms. Samia Zekaria Gutu, Director of the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia, welcomed the delegates from some 20 countries said this meeting is a milestone for the statistical development in Africa and is the time to develop concrete methodologies to advance forward. Following her welcoming remarks Mr. Gerd Trogemann, the Deputy Director of UNDP regional Sector for Africa recalled the need for Peace and Stability as priority for the development of Africa and said the meeting will confirm the National level commitment. “Peace and Development are strongly linked.”

Director of Economic Affairs, Dr René N'guettia Kouassi shared the importance of 'the trilogy' of the core priority lists of the African Union Commission; Governance, Peace and Security, and shared the reasons and expectation behind the meeting. Determining the way forward; sharing prospects, experience, expertise and making recommendations relevant to be shared with the international community stressing on the importance of Statistics in Peace, Rule of Law and Governance has been said to have been priorities of the meeting.

Participants include Data experts from the African Union Commission, African Development Bank, SHaSA, African Regional Economic Commissions (Such as: ECOWAS, COMESA, SADC, EAC, ECCAS, CEN-SAD, IGAD) United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, World Bank, Experts from Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st century, Academic and Research centers, Pan-African Parliament, Civil society and Policy makers of Countries involved in the drafting of the peace and security pillar of the African Common Position along with relevant UN agencies.