African Ministers and leaders, who gathered for the “Africa Development Week” in Addis Ababa, were once more reminded of the importance of incorporating women into the framework of the SDGs in order to maximise its goals by 2063. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who spoke recently at the event’s closing session gave this charge.
The “Africa Development Week” is an annual joint AU-ECA Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. This year’s theme is ‘Towards an Integrated and Coherent Approach to Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs’. The event was convened for African leaders to reaffirm the need to align the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 20 goals of the Africa’s Agenda 2063 with their national plans.
In view of the objectives of the event, Dr. Zuma pointed out that “the success of both agenda 2063 and the SDGs can only be guaranteed with full involvement of women and youth.”
Adding women are rather an essential ingredient to the success of Africa`s development, the Chairperson in particular called for nurturing the spirit of Pan-Africanism which she says is also a major asset in achieving Agenda 2063.
Member state countries are urged to domesticate agenda 2063 with their national plans to achieve African economic transformation and change the lives of Africans.