Africa Week (16 - 20 October 2017)

Theme for 2017: "Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-centred, Peaceful Africa: Towards the Implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"


16 - 20

Monday - Friday,
16 - 20 October, 2017
United Nations, New York

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The theme of Africa Week 2017, “Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-Centred and Peaceful Africa: Towards the Implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, will allow for substantive discussions on a range of issues that are in line with the implementation of goals set out in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These two Agendas are mutually reinforcing as they focus attention on inclusive and sustainable structural transformation across all dimensions of sustainability including governance, peace and security and sustainable development.

A prosperous African continent is one where the different national economies are seamlessly integrated and the economic and social participation of all citizens is guaranteed and promoted. Governments and partners should work to ensure a fertile environment for entrepreneurship to take root and flourish, and to impede and reverse illicit financial flows, as means to stimulate economic growth and with a focus on peace and security.

The international development partners, private sector and civil society each add significant value in support of Africa’s aspirations. The events of this Week represent an opportunity for open discussion on topics central to the overall theme.

Overall, the Week is intended to:

  1. Highlight the four principal attributes contained in the Africa Week theme and their interconnectedness: an Africa that is integrated, prosperous, people-centred, and peaceful.
  2. Highlight the synergies between Agenda 2063, its first Ten-year Implementation Plan and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  3. Identify ways to expand domestic resources in Africa, as it is anticipated that approximately 75 to 90 per cent of the financing of Agenda 2063 will be mobilized domestically.
  4. Enhance strategic partnerships between African regional and sub-regional organizations, the United Nations and the international community in the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including within the context of the Partnership on Africa’s Integration and Development Agenda (PAIDA).
  5. Identify entry points for enhancing collaboration with the private sector, civil society and the Diaspora in mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in Africa.

More About Africa Week

Africa Week celebrates and showcases Africa’s continuous advancements and achievements with respect to social, economic, political and environmental development. The Week also brings to the fore awareness on the new and emerging challenges confronting the continent, with an aim to mobilize international support at the global level for Africa’s development priorities and its inclusive transformative agenda.

Africa Week is an annual event organized on the margins of the General Assembly Debate on Africa’s development by the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) in close collaboration with its strategic partners including:

Over the past four years, participation in the Week has not only increased and widened, but also become high profile with the United Nations Secretary-General having launched the event in the recent past. The UN Deputy Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly regularly actively participate in the Week, which now features the active participation of the African Union Commission and the African RECs, as well as representatives of civil society, the private sector, academia, African Diaspora and the media.

Previous Africa Weeks

Programme of the Africa Week 2014 on a table, ready to use by participants to the sessionsSince its launch in 2010, Africa Week has evolved to focus on the wide range of Africa’s development priorities, covering the areas of peace, security, governance, human rights, socio-economic, and environmental development.

Each year, Africa Week features a series of high-level events to engage Member States and other stakeholders on an overarching theme that addresses current priorities on the continent.

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