AFRICA: Niamey hosts 9th African Forum on Sustainable Development in February
As several African countries face rapid urbanization coupled with climate change, civil society organizations (CSOs) and political leaders from across the continent will propose resilience solutions at the 9th African Forum on Sustainable Development, which opens in Niamey, Niger on February 28, 2023.
From February 28 to March 2, 2023, the city of Niamey in Niger will host the African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. The event is jointly organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) on the theme: "Accelerating Inclusive and Green Recovery from Multiple Crises and the Integrated and Full Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063".
For this ninth edition, the workshops in which political, economic and cultural decision-makers of the continent will participate will focus specifically on five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely SDGs6, 7, 9, 11 and 17, which respectively advocate access to water and sanitation, the development of clean energy, the promotion of sustainable industrialization as well as sustainable cities and communities and the development of partnerships.
"The key messages and the final declaration to be developed at the end of the discussions will also serve as a collective African contribution to the high-level political forum on sustainable development to be held at the end of the year.The key messages and the final declaration that will be drawn up at the end of the discussions will also serve as a collective African contribution to the high-level political forum on sustainable development that will be held at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York in the United States of America from 10 to 20 July 2023," says the ECA.
The Niamey meeting comes at a time when Niger is facing many environmental challenges, including flooding. In July 2022, several cities in this West African country were hit by heavy rains of up to 200 millimeters in some places, resulting in 75 deaths and 108,000 injuries. This natural disaster brought to light the dilapidated state of sanitation and drinking water facilities in several of Niamey's towns.
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