By ZBC Reporter
IN SIX days, Zimbabwe will host the sixth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) which will be held in the resort town of Victoria Falls from 24 to 27 February.
The Forum which is running under the theme; “2020-2030: A Decade to Deliver a Transformed and Prosperous Africa through the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063” is designed to be action-oriented for member States and other stakeholders.
It is set to explore, gain insight into, share and agree on sets of concrete and workable solutions actions that will enable the countries to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 within the set time frame.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has indicated that the forum will conduct a regional follow-up and review of progress made, facilitate peer learning and advance transformative solutions and actions to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 goals.
ECA and the Zimbabwe government last month signed an agreement in preparation for the Forum with Oliver Chinganya, Director of the African Centre for Statistics, signing on behalf of the ECA affirming their commitment to Zimbabwe, while Simon Masanga, Permanent Secretary of the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Ministry, signed for Zimbabwe.
“Signing the agreement adds impetus to preparations for this very important forum that will see Zimbabwe flying the flag for the African continent in terms of the sustainable development goals,” Said Chiganya.
“We will do our best to support Zimbabwe, especially now when the country and the southern African region, in general, are bearing the brunt of climate change. Discussions will focus on how we can accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and Africa’s Agenda 2063. We cannot afford to fail as a continent.”
By ZBC Reporter