By HICGI News Agency
Kigali, Rwanda- East Africa
More than 2000 Delegates from Africa and beyond are converging at Kigali Convention Centre for high-level discussions on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) progress across Africa and of the priorities and challenges for SDG implementation, including the institutional and financial gaps in implementation.
Heal The Planet Global Organisation – HTP President Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin accompanied by Princess Scovia Kivumbi have arrived in Rwanda to participate in this Convention focusing on a complete trend analysis of Africa’s progress to date and how far it must go towards achieving the SDGs. This 3 day Convention (12th-14th June 2019) will provide to participants, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis of progress and constraints. Presentations, panels and plenary discussions will occur on the information arising out of the Three Year Report and Africa SDG Index with several aspects including: progress towards the achievement of the SDGs in Africa from 2016 – 2018; simulation and forecasting analysis on a select number of SDGs, with trend data series; critical review of the performance challenges towards the SDGs; mapping and performance of the governance framework for SDGs; progress on the aspirations of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) for financing development, SDG data gaps; and a review of important “unfinished business” towards SDG achievement.
Outcomes of Conference: Through these high-level discussions, it is intended that pragmatic, evidence-based recommendations for African countries to stay on track towards SDG achievement will be developed on areas including: (i) the governance and institutional framework for SDG achievement in Africa, (ii) filling the SDG data gaps, (iv) financing, including alternative sources of financing, and (iii) social inclusiveness. In addition, this convention is meant to inform and to urge everyone to take the information and key messages back to their countries in order to continue to push for urgent action and necessary reforms in order for all African countries to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Background: Following the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015, Africa has made many commitments towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030 and the Africa Union Agenda 2063. At the adoption of the SDGs, Africa’s starting point was lower than all the other regions. Africa was at cross roads, with low tax revenue to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the one end of the problem, and enormous development needs on the other end. Infrastructure gaps alone were estimated at USD 130–170 billion a year, with a financing gap in the range USD 68–108 billion. The SDGs were conceptualized and adopted during a period of global economic and financial transition. Emerging evidence over the last three years (2015 – 2018) of tracking SDGs progress on an annual basis indicates complex challenges still prevail in Africa. Many intricacies, ambiguities and questions continue to predominate and stand in the pathway forwards towards Africa’s achievement of these Goals.
It is without doubt that there is much “unfinished business” that must be addressed for the SDGs to be achieved in Africa, foremost of which are the need (i) to bridge understanding between SDG conceptualization and implementation pathways, (ii) to address global financing for the SDGs in Low Income Countries, particularly those in Africa, (iii) to raise domestic financing efforts, which still are suboptimal with an estimated gap of 3-5% of GDP, and (iv) to engage the private sector against this backdrop.
On 14th June 2018, the Sustainable Development Goals Center (SDGC/A) convened a multitude of global, regional and national stakeholders from governments, multilateral and bilateral institutions, foundations and NGOs, the private sector, academia and civil society to discuss SDG progress and make recommendations on the path forward towards SDG achievement in Africa.
The basis of the discussions in this week’s Summit will be anchored by the SDGC/A’s report being launched by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda: Africa 2030 – Sustainable Development Goals Three-Year Reality Check (an electronic copy of which is being distributed to all participants this morning). The SDGs Three Year Report produces an evidence-based foundation and reiterates an urgent call for acceleration of efforts by all stakeholders in order to realize the SDGs in all African countries – this urgent call to action will be reiterated during the Conference.
Further at the Conference, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, will launch the 2019 Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report which has been produced by the SDGC/A and its partner, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Along with the SDGC/A’s SDGs Three Year Report, the results presented by 2019 Africa SDG Index will provide a foundation for discussion at the Conference, giving participants a current measure of country-level progress across all 17 SDGs, as well as elements of Agenda 2063. The Africa SDG Index provides national and regional level assessments of where countries stand with regards to achieving the SDGs, shining a light on where countries are or are not on track towards SDG achievement and providing a powerful informational tool to ensure accountability and commitment to the Goals.
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