Action/2015 Picketing at World Economic Forum

Youth from different Western Cape schools and universities, together with local Civil Society Organisations, will stand (picketing) in the middle island between Heerengracht and Walter Sisulu Road, Cape Town, South Africa on Friday 5 June 2015 to draw attention of delegates attending the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The purpose of this picketing is:

  • To remind World Leaders the need to raise their ambitions by financing the Sustainable Development Goals which will affect the world in which young people are growing in
  • To raise awareness on the  issue of illicit financial outflows in Africa - Africa loses more than US$ 50 billion annually and large corporations are by far the biggest culprits responsible for these  illicit outflows, especially given their ability to retain the best available professional legal, accountancy, banking and other expertise.

Between 13h30 to 14h30, during the picketing, over 60 young people will showcase the need for world leaders to “Finance our Future” and also call on the “Finance Minister Be a Hero” and attend the Financing for Development summit in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia and well as ensure that the SGDs are actually financed back home. There will also be an interaction with the media for young people to share their aspirations around the post 2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs, set to be launched in September 2015, include targets such making cities more sustainable as well as promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development so that all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere are significantly reduced, ending poverty and hunger and improving health and education.
The Post-2015 Development Agenda refers to a process led by the United Nations that aims to help define the future global development framework with SDGs that will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight global development targets which come to an end in September 2015.

Issued by African Monitor, Africa Unite and United Nations Association of South Africa.

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Date published: 
Wednesday, 3 June, 2015
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