By Luckmore Safuli
THE 6th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development has ended with member states adopting the Victoria Falls Declaration on United Nations Decade of Action calling upon regional governments to develop and people-centered and inclusive national strategies.
The curtain came down on the 2020 Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development which was geared at stimulating dialogue on possible accelerators of implementation of SDGs with the 3 000 delegates agreeing on scaling up action in delivering aspirations under agenda 2030.
Delivering the key messages during the closing ceremony of the forum Member, Pan-African Parliament and Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, Jacqueline Amongin said among other things the member states agreed to implement strategies to reduce poverty, promote inclusive growth and strengthen response to threat posed by climate change.
“Among other things participates have agreed to adopt strategies to enhance productivity on the continent as part of boarder efforts to promote inclusive growth and reducing poverty,” she said.
New Chairperson of the Bureau Zimbabwe’s Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prof. Paul Mavhima highlighted that the platform provided a launch pad for the attainment of the sustainable development goals.
“The meeting proved to be a success and we are convinced that the Victoria Falls declaration has given us the much needed impetus to attainment targets under Agenda 2030,” he said.
Economic Commission for Africa Director Africa Centre for Statistics Dr Oliver Chinganya described the just concluded forum as a success and expressed confidence the outcomes of the meeting will spur action towards attainment of prosperity in the continent.
“It has been a successful event given the overwhelming response and constructive engagements all aimed at ensuring that we deliver on the aspirations under the Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063,” he said.
Armed with the Victoria Falls Declaration, the delegates are convinced that they will leave Zimbabwe with the much needed energy and impetus to improve the livelihoods of the 1.2 billion people on the motherland.
By Luckmore Safuli