Posted by CID sourced from Al Jazeera on 31 July 2014
Decades after the European powers carved up the African continent for their own imperial needs, Africa is undergoing a new wave of resource and strategic exploitation – some are calling it the new scramble for Africa.
This document summarises the responses from civil society groups to the outcome document on the SDGs. The majority of the responses are positive, supporting the document as a significant step forward, while some CSOs express disappointment in the language used and the limits of the goals.
Last-minute lobbying by UNESCO is said to have helped reinstate some of science and research commitments into the draft of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, R&D commitments were reinstated and now has a commitment to help poorer nations boost their science capacities.