Post 2015 development agenda requires viable data component to succeed, Lopes tells UN high level panel
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The UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has made an urgent appeal to members of the UN-mandated High Level Panel of Eminent Personalities on the post-2015 Development Agenda to ensure that any development framework that eventually replaces the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) pays due attention to the availability and use of viable data. “The success of the post-2015 agenda will hinge on how effectively it tackles the data constraint” that many African countries have, he said, adding that these countries could probably have achieved more of the MDG targets if desired development outcomes had been accompanied by specific means of implementation. “A successor framework to the MDGs must rectify the current focus on development outcomes without enablers” Mr. Lopes recommended. He explained that this could help to avoid what he likened to someone “identifying a destination without providing a roadmap”. Mr. Lopes addressed members of the High Level Panel during the second day of the meeting and revisited some of the successes of the MDGs, such as leveraging economic and political support, framing the policy discourse, informing national development frameworks and influencing global partnerships and development financing.