On July 11th 2015 “action/2015” campaigners around the world called on their leaders to attend the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The third Financing for Development Conference is a critical step on the journey to ensuring we make huge progress on poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015.
On the action/2015 Global Day of Action – just before the Conference – an incredible 4.8 million actions in 150 countries were made. Campaigners globally held rallies, concerts, flashmobs and more to call on leaders to Finance Our Future. They demanded that world leaders meet outstanding spending commitments, fight the structural injustices of unfair tax and many other issues.
In Zambia, the Global Day of Action activity started with a march past from embassy shopping mall to Chawama grounds, followed by a rally. This was attended by a Government representative in the form of the District Commissioner, as well as members of Civil Society Organisations and media houses. The event was organised by the Action/2015 Zambia Advocates, which is a platform for young people who are ready to take up the challenge of ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals set up by the international community are not only on paper, but they are effectively implemented and their results are monitored.
The SDGs are a proposed set of targets relating to future international development. They are to replace the Millennium Development Goals once they expire at the end of 2015.
As part of the event, a local drama group explained the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals through songs, dances and drama pieces, that were performed in the local language to ensure that everyone could understand. In addition to this, a young person read a statement that was then presented to the District Commissioner.
A representative of the Government also attended the event, which secured wide media coverage on media houses, such as Hot Fm, Zambia National Broadcasting Cooporation, QFM, PAN African Radio, Prime TV, Muvi TV, Radio Christian Voice, Times of Zambia, Daily Mail, CBC TV.
A call to action was sent out to young people who are interested in joining the team of Action/2015 Zambia advocates. We want involve young people who are ready to be a part of the global movement and are willing to start the change by championing the cause at all levels. This is to ensure that young people are leading the change happening in the communities, and that there is sensitisation on the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as meaningful involvement of other young people in the processes leading up to the announcement of the SDGs.
The event was also part of the Global Action Week, and saw a second march taking place led by a brass band from ZESCO HQ to Northmead basic school to support the alliance members. The theme was prioritising education for sustainable development.
Restless Development was represented by Lombe Tembo, a panellist for youth interaction. Ms Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was also there, and the focus of her intervention was governance and the participation of young people at the Financing for Development conference, as well as access to different spaces including in local, national, regional and global levels.