Africa Day at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 15 July 2021, 8am (EST)
The annual Africa Day side event at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development takes place on 15 July, under the theme: “The Green Recovery: Renewable Energy, Digitalization and Nature-based Solutions for Inclusion and Resilience in Africa.”
It has been organized since 2018 to provide an additional platform for African Member States and their development partners to exchange experiences and best practices on the margins of the HLPF.
The event also aims to popularize and promote the outcomes of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD), which was established to follow up on and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Africa and feed into to the work of the HLPF.
The seventh session of the ARFSD- took place from 1 to 4 March 2021 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, under the theme “Building forward better: towards a resilient and green Africa to achieve the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.” The Brazzaville Declaration, issued at the conclusion of the ARFSD-7, Member States called upon all African countries:
“to redefine and develop economic models that incorporate the protection of natural resources, the promotion of renewable energies, the development of green and resilient infrastructure and inclusive digitization, informed by an awareness of the value of our human capital.”
In line with its theme, the event responds to this call and will provide a platform to examine the ways in which renewable energy and digital technologies can be utilized to accelerate progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063, especially with a view to ensuring greater inclusivity, health, resilience and peace in Africa.
Expected outcomes of the event include:
- Strengthened dialogue among African policy makers and stakeholders at the continental, regional and national levels, the UN system entities and Africa’s development partners on common challenges and successful implementation strategies towards leveraging Africa’s digital revolution and renewable energy;
- Increased awareness on key areas requiring accelerated action to bridge the digital divide in Africa and promote greater equality and inclusion using renewable energy and other nature-based solutions;
- Enhanced sharing of strategies amongst African countries and development partners on addressing and leveraging the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with a view to ensuring a green recovery; and
- Discussions at the technical level among experts to drive at forward-looking conclusions and policy recommendations on the chosen themes of the event.
The event, which takes place on the sidelines of the 2021 HLPF, will be open to all participants, including high-level government officials from all UN Member States, as well as representatives from African regional institutions, the UN system, bilateral and multilateral partners, representatives from women and youth groups, civil society, the private sector, academia and the media.
It is co-organized by the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), African Union Commission (AUC), UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), , United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP).
Register to participate.
You can also follow proceedings live on UN Web TV
- Concept Note: Africa Day at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development English / Note conceptuelle : Journée de l'Afrique au Forum politique de haut niveau sur le développement durable French
- Synthesis Paper: Key Messages, Opportunities and Common Challenges for African Member States presenting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) in 2021 / Un document de synthèse: Messages clés, opportunités et défis communs des États membres africains pendant les Examens nationaux volontaires (ENV) en 2021
- Seventh session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development: summary, key messages and Brazzaville Declaration
- African Union Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-2030)
- 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- African Union Agenda 2063
For more information on nature-based solutions visit:
- Nature-based solutions for climate
- The UN Environment Programme and Nature-based solutions
- Economics of Nature-based Solutions: Current Status and Future Priorities
- Nature-Based Solutions to Address Climate Change