Time to close poverty gap in Africa with bold actions, says ECA’s Biha at the Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD2019)

SDGs are a global agenda adopted by countries in 2015 with a vision of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Deputy Executive Secretary, Giovanie Biha, on Thursday said Africa was running out of time to ensure the successful implementation of the sustainable development goals and called for bold actions by the continent’s leaders to ensure no one is left behind by development processes.

In closing remarks to the fifth Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development in Marrakesh, Ms. Biha said ‘time is not our side and the need to close to the poverty gap has never been stronger than now, especially given our growing youthful population’.

She continued: “This is a watershed moment for the continent. Challenges and opportunities present themselves to us in equal measure and we need to rise to the challenge, especially as we implement the SDGs.”

SDGs are a global agenda adopted by countries in 2015 with a vision of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The 17 SDGs and 169 targets are part of the 2030 Agenda which recognizes “that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.”

In adopting the agenda, countries resolved to take “bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

Ms. Biha drew attention to the unprecedented large number of attendees, over 800 hundred participants from 51 countries.

“I trust that this forum has energized all of us to be bold as we return to our various destinations and work places to engage in supporting attainment of the continent’s development agendas so that when we meet again in 2020, we would discuss measurable progress towards the SDGs,” she said.

“Let us move from policies and strategies to implementation and execution. It’s also a call to all governments and their partners to put the means, mobilize and allocate adequate resources in support of these SDGs and Agenda 2063.”

This is a watershed moment for the continent
For her part, Morocco’s Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi, reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment, as the Bureau Chair, towards the progress of the sustainable development goals in Africa.

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Deputy Executive Secretary, Giovanie Biha, on Thursday said Africa was running out of time to ensure the successful implementation of the sustainable development goals and called for bold actions by the continent’s leaders to ensure no one is left behind by development processes.
In closing remarks to the fifth Africa Regional Forum for Sustainable Development in Marrakesh, Ms. Biha said ‘time is not our side and the need to close to the poverty gap has never been stronger than now, especially given our growing youthful population’.

She continued: “This is a watershed moment for the continent. Challenges and opportunities present themselves to us in equal measure and we need to rise to the challenge, especially as we implement the SDGs.”

SDGs are a global agenda adopted by countries in 2015 with a vision of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The 17 SDGs and 169 targets are part of the 2030 Agenda which recognizes “that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.”

In adopting the agenda, countries resolved to take “bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

Ms. Biha drew attention to the unprecedented large number of attendees, over 800 hundred participants from 51 countries.

“I trust that this forum has energized all of us to be bold as we return to our various destinations and work places to engage in supporting attainment of the continent’s development agendas so that when we meet again in 2020, we would discuss measurable progress towards the SDGs,” she said.

“Let us move from policies and strategies to implementation and execution. It’s also a call to all governments and their partners to put the means, mobilize and allocate adequate resources in support of these SDGs and Agenda 2063.”

This is a watershed moment for the continent
For her part, Morocco’s Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi, reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment, as the Bureau Chair, towards the progress of the sustainable development goals in Africa.