AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND

AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND
CLIMATE CHANGE TOWARDS POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK
THE NAIROBI BEYOND 2015 DECLARATION
African Civil Society from over 30 countries met during the environmental sustainability and
climate change workshop held from 14th – 15th February 2013 at Maasai Ostrich Resort and
Farm, Kajiado County, Kenya organized jointly by PACJA and Christian Aid. The aim was to
exchange information on how the Post-Rio+20 discussions are progressing in Africa, as well as
underlining the urgency and importance of environmental sustainability and responses to
climate change in the Beyond-2015 Framework.
At the United Nations Rio+20 Summit, world leaders committed themselves “to ensure the
promotion of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for
present and future generations”. Sharing this vision, African Civil Society Organisations demand
world leaders to take immediate and bold decisions as well as actions that are necessary to
secure the future we want for all.
The year 2015 will be critical for the planet and for future generations as it marks the moment
of transition from Millennium Development Goals to anticipated Sustainable Development
Goals. Achieving successful negotiation of a global climate deal, together with the adoption of
radical sustainable development goals, will provide a significant breakthrough. We are calling
on world leaders to provide the requisite global leadership and not to condemn the developing
world to a disastrous situation. It is time for our leaders to stand with the people and make
decisions that are responsive to their collective aspirations.
Mindful of the need to ensure the increased awareness and participation of all stakeholders in
the ongoing Beyond-2015 consultation processes, we call for the improvement of opportunities
for engagement at all levels to enable the priorities of vulnerable, indigenous, and local
communities to be integrated in the next development agenda. As Civil Society, we dedicate
ourselves to contributing to achieve qualitative and quantitative output.
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Notably for Africa, poverty is linked to various factors such as, poor education, illiteracy weak
governance, impacts of climate change etc. As a consequence, pathways for vested interest on
resources and insatiable greed have been opened. Without major changes in developed
countries’ unsustainable lifestyles, production and consumption patterns, efforts for
eradication of poverty will still be undermined. Inevitably, the poorest and most vulnerable,
including women and indigenous groups, will suffer more if governments fail to act.
We therefore:
1. Recommend that the Beyond-2015 sustainable development agenda be underpinned by the
principle of polluter pays, common but differentiated responsibilities with respective
capabilities, equity and climate Justice. All countries should be required to make a
contribution towards the achievement of a more sustainable world, with actions based on
levels of consumption, low carbon development pathways, abilities to adapt to the effects of
climate change as well as to reduce risks and respond to disasters.
2. Demand access to appropriate and affordable clean technologies. Such technology should
be consistent with international best practice standards as well as promoting the use of
renewable energy, consider and support home-grown and indigenous technology.
3. Express our deep concern with regards to the impacts of climate change, a global
catastrophe. We are facing a real climate crisis especially given current rate of
environmental degradation and related destructive practices. We therefore see a world in
conflict on natural resources everywhere. The Beyond-2015 framework will not succeed if
there is no consideration of local realities;
4. Reiterate that the livelihoods of the developing countries’ people mostly depend on small
scale farming, pastoralism and access to safe water. We consider malnutrition and
inadequate access to water as 21st century crimes against humanity. It is therefore time to
shorten the development mile: food, education, health and empowerment mile.
5. Note that the prevailing models of economic development are characterized by wasteful
consumption habits which place undue pressure on sustainable management of natural
resources including protection of biodiversity. We therefore call for a shift from wanton
exploitation of resources to sustainability.
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Considering the current situation, the Beyond-2015 framework must address, putting as
priority poverty eradication and climate change adaptation and mitigation, by targeting the
following:
i. Combating hunger, ensuring food security and nutrition;
ii. Improved access to safe and wholesome water supply as well as adequate
sanitation;
iii. Promoting sustainable water resource management;
iv. Access to quality education and health services;
v. Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women, youth and vulnerable
groups;
vi. Equitable and universal access to social services and social protection;
vii. Reducing vulnerability and promoting resilience, including to the impacts of climate
change;
viii. Proper utilization and integrated natural resource management;
ix. Creating decent employment opportunities;
x. Access to green and clean energy;
xi. Ensuring favourable access to, and transfer of environmentally sound technologies,
including for climate change adaptation and mitigation; and
xii. Fostering peace and security.
Government and regional institutions should ensure appropriate mechanisms are put in place
for the development, validation and implementation of comprehensive trans-boundary,
regional and national sustainable development action plans. In addition, government’s
budgetary processes relating to sustainable development programmes should be transparent
and participatory and uphold the principle of good governance

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