The United Nations 2030 Agenda: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In September 2015, world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with 169 targets. Through these Goals the world’s governments committed to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that “no one is left behind.”
Following this adoption of the SDGs, Africa undertook an internal process that culminated in a “Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. The CAP articulated the following six pillars drawn from the aspirations, goals, and priorities of the AU Agenda 2063:
- Structural economic transformation and inclusive growth
- Science technology and innovation
- People centered development
- Environmental sustainability, natural resources and disaster management
- Peace and security
- Finance and partnerships
Following the brilliant work handled by CAPDEV on the review of the capacities required for the implementation of Agenda 2063 on behalf of the ACBF, it (CAPDEV) was awarded a contract by the same ACBF to carry out a Capacity Imperatives Mapping (CIM) for achieving the SDGs in Africa.
A report on this has already been produced and a Validation Workshop was held on 29 June at the Meikles hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe. The focus of the Workshop was to validate the findings of the study undertaken by CAPDEV. More specifically, the Workshop gave CAPDEV an opportunity to present the key findings and recommendations to key continental stakeholders; receive feedback from the participants to assist in improving the final version of the Report; and assist ACBF to identify potential stakeholders and development partners for a collaborative Capacity Development Plan that would support the SDGs implementation in Africa. The half day Workshop was attended by approximately thirty (30) stakeholders from Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya, Liberia, Turkey and Zimbabwe. The expertise present, constituted critical minds with the ability to speak to capacities needed for Africa to meet the SDGs. Participants included representatives from AUC/NEPAD, senior government officials, representatives of bilateral and multilateral partners, independent experts, civil society representatives, academia, African think-tanks and development partners.