5th African Forum On Sustainable Development Kicks Off In Marrakesh

Thursday, 18 April, 2019 - 12:30
Marrakesh - Asharq Al-Awsat

“The African continent is still late in achieving the goals of sustainable development,” said Saadeddine Othmani, head of the Moroccan government.

“This is what makes our role, as Africans, not easy and needs cooperation and seriousness.”

Speaking at the opening of the fifth session of the African Forum on Sustainable Development, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the African Region, in cooperation with the African Union and the African Bank, in the city of Marrakesh, Othmani said that Morocco was engaged in the new global dynamic.

The Moroccan prime minister said that sustainable development was enshrined in the 2011 Constitution adopted by his country, stressing that Morocco paid “great attention to the work of the Forum and mobilized efforts for the development of Africa.”

Giovanni Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said the African continent needed $600 billion a year until 2030 to finance sustainable development goals.

She added that progress in the 2063 Agenda will provide for all “high and just education.”

“It will enable the reduction of social inequalities and the intensification of measures on climate, justice and peace, in addition to the revival of the global partnership for sustainable development.”

The 5th forum discusses sustainable development goals at the continental level and the associated goals of the 2063 Agenda (good education, reducing inequalities, climate work, decent work and economic growth, peace and justice, strong institution-building and means of activating and forging partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals).

The Forum will present its recommendations at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, to be held in New York from July 9-18 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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