The President of ECOSOC will highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG-9) to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda by convening a Special Meeting of the Council on 31 May 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.
The Special Meeting will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialization across countries. This is an initiative supported by a range of UN entities including FAO, OHRLLS, OSAA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECA, UNHABITAT, UNIDO and WIPO, and engaging other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the Africa Union, NEPAD and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector.
To harness key messages from the grassroots levels and build momentum for promising initiatives in this area, two preparatory meetings will be organized in the run-up to the 31 May event in New York. These are as follows:
1. Preparatory regional meeting on Infrastructure and Industrialization in developing countries, to be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 26 March 2017
- Concept note for the Dakar meeting [in English; in French]
- Provisional programme
- Information Note [in English; in French]
- Technical issues paper [in English; in French]
2. Preparatory meeting on “Agriculture and Agro-industries Development towards Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems”, to be held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 24-26 April 2017
- Concept note
- Additional information (coming soon)