High Level Side Event on the sidelines of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Theme: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063: A Sharing of Experiences and the Way Forward Post-Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development and Voluntary National Reviews

High Level Side Event on the sidelines of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and its Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) will co- organize a side event on the margins of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The side event, which will address the theme, “Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063: A Sharing of Experiences and the Way Forward Post-Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development and Voluntary National Reviews”, will take place on Monday, 16 July 2018, from 10:30 to 14:30 in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium located at the Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, in New York.

Among the panelists will be the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal and Chair of the 4th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD), Minister of Development Planning of Togo, Minister from Lesotho, Minister of Uganda, Bureau members of the ARFSD, among others. Also in attendance will be the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General on Africa, Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme, and AU Permanent Observer to the United Nations, among others.

The side event will build on the outcomes of the 4th ARFSD held in May 2018 in Dakar, Senegal, in which African Member States requested the OSAA, ECA and its IDEP, the UNDP, and the AUC to organize a side event on Africa during the 2018 HLPF, as well as in future years, with a view to providing a larger platform to discuss African priorities during the Forum and share experiences on the achievements and challenges in the implementation of both the Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063.

In this context, the side event will convene participants of the 2018 HLPF, representatives of African Member States, African Union, United Nations system as well as development partners, to discuss the challenges, opportunities and good practices in the implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063. Notably, it will provide an opportunity for Africa and her development partners to showcase their instruments and tools to facilitate implementation of Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063, which most Member States are often not aware of the full range of such tools or their relative merits and relevance to their specific circumstances.

The 2018 HLPF presents an opportunity to advocate for Africa’s priorities, including national and regional policies and international support measures to ensure accelerated implementation of the two Agendas. In this regard, it is an excellent opportunity for African Member States, including those that have undertaken Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in the past three years, to share experiences, lessons learned as well as good practices. Member States will highlight, for example, innovative processes, stakeholders’ engagement, coordination mechanisms, localization and the integration of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 into national development plans, as well as roadblocks, gaps and challenges to the implementation. Furthermore, issues related to monitoring (focusing on data challenges including disaggregation and national monitoring and evaluation systems) will also be highlighted. Member States will be able to discuss the way forward in implementing the outcomes of the VNR processes.

The event will be structured as an interactive panel discussion.

 

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