The African forum on sustainable development began on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The forum precedes the UN’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development holding in September.
The ongoing African forum is centred on eradicating poverty and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity in Africa, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. It is also based on translating the SDGs and African Union’s Agenda 2063 aspirations into measurable and shared prosperity.
According to Abdalla Hamdok, Acting Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, “To achieve inclusive and sustained growth, African countries need to restructure and diversify their economies, build productive capacities and identify high value-added sectors”.
The forum will continue until May 19, 2017.