Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and John Podesta, Counselor to the President of the United States, hosted a meeting yesterday with African leaders on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals, as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The interactive roundtable discussion was an opportunity to discuss common priorities and deepen cooperation to build support in the next year for a Post-2015 Development Agenda that can deliver concrete development outcomes for societies worldwide. The United States welcomes the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and supports the African Union’s strong leadership in pressing for an ambitious, inspiring, and meaningful Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The meeting featured Heads of State and Government, Vice Presidents, and ministers from members of the African Union’s High-Level Committee on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, as well as other countries, with representation from: the African Union, Algeria, Benin, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, and Uganda. Additional senior U.S. government official representation included: USAID Administrator Raj Shah; U.S. Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens; Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield; Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs H. Dean Pittman; Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council Gayle Smith; and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Caroline Atkinson, among others.
The Post-2015 Development Agenda presents a unique opportunity for the United States and all nations to forge a shared agenda and a new global partnership to promote shared prosperity, enhance sustainability, and eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.
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