High-level Forum: The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond (20 April 2016)

Early Action and Results on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the context of the First 10 Year Implementation Plan of Africa’s Transformative Agenda 2063

Save the date graphics for the Forum

On 20 April 2016, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Government of Sweden and the African Union Commission will be organising a full day forum on “Early Action and Results on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the context of the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan of Africa’s Transformative Agenda 2063: Opportunities and Challenges” (Conference Room 2 at the UNHQ in New York).

The High-level Forum will focus on the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and especially the synergies and complementarity of both agenda.

Hence, the Forum will delve into three thematic areas which exhibit a strong link between the agendas:

  1. “Towards Transformative Economic Growth and Regional Integration in Africa.” This theme links specifically to SDG 8 and 9 as well as Aspiration 1 and 2 of the Agenda 2063. It will draw on questions regarding sustainable and decent work for youth in Africa, as well as international support for industrialisation and infrastructure development in Africa.
  2. “Empowering African Women: Gender as the Agenda.” This theme is clearly linked to SDG 5, which is high on the agenda of Africa as well through Aspiration 6. Furthermore, it relates to the declaration of the African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) and the related AU themes of 2015 (“Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”) and 2016 (“The African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”).
  3. “Consolidating Peace and Security in Africa.” This theme addresses SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions as well as Africa’s ambition to silence all guns by 2020. Furthermore, this theme will also include the role of women in peace and security as highlighted in Security Council resolutions 1325 and 2242. This segment will recall the lessons of the international community on supporting peace and security efforts in Africa and how the new agendas can bolster these efforts by drawing a close link to the development agendas of African countries.

Within these themes the emphasis will be placed on partnerships, capacity building and financing as highlighted under SDG 17, as well as the new UN/AU Partnership on Africa’s Integration and Development Agendas (PAIDA).

These various discussions will bring prominent and high-level speakers together, and highlight the African agenda in an important week at the UN in New York, as the President of the General Assembly’s High-level Debate will take place on 21 April and the High-level Ceremony of the Paris Agreement will be presided over by the Secretary-General on 22 April 2016.