AU Commission calls for highlighting African priorities at 2023 Sustainable Development Summit

Ahram Online , Monday 31 Oct 2022

Ambassador Amr Aljowaily, Strategic Adviser to the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, has called for highlighting African priorities at the 2023 Sustainable Development Summit scheduled in September 2023 in New York.

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Aljowaily made his call while addressing the opening and closing sessions of a joint workshop of the UN and the African Union (AU) held on 27 to 29 October in Cape Town, South Africa.

The workship entitled 'Strengthening National Institutional Capacities for the UN Decade of Action for Sustainable Development and AU Agenda 2063' was co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (ECOSOC) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

Aljowaily called for the African Agenda 2063 to have a pivotal position in the preparatory activities of the United Nations related to the implementation of the sustainable development goals, especially the high-level policy forum to be held by the ECOSOC next July in preparation for New York's summit.

He reviewed, in the two speeches, the current evaluation by the AU to assess the first ten-year plan for the implementation of Agenda 2063, a process which was launched at a meeting of African ministers of planning and development on 20 June with the participation of the Egyptian planning ministry.

He revealed that the preparation of the second ten-year plan is also currently underway, to be discussed by the upcoming African summit in Addis Ababa in February in next year, which presents an important opportunity for the United Nations to include it among the topics presented at the Sustainable Development Summit next September.  

The recently launched periodic meetings between the deputies of the two secretariats of the United Nations and the African Union already begun to develop a work matrix for bilateral areas of cooperation on common priorities for both the UN 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, he noted.

He called on African research centres and universities to contribute intellectually to enriching the studies focused on these two important agendas.

He also stressed the importance of holding national consultations in coordination with the ministries of foreign affairs and planning in African countries on the one hand, and coordination with the African ECOSOC on the contributions of civil society on the other hand.

The event brought together a high-level gathering of UN officials, and was headed by Assistant Secretary-General Navid Hanif, Ambassador Collen V. Kelapile, Global Chair of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries, and Professor Eddy Maloka, CEO, African Peer Review Mechanism.

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