It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the CSR Africa Dialogues platform.
The journey to this blog has taken time to actualize, but it is finally here to bring into context our shared African aspirations and the journey to realizing these ambitious and well-intentioned goals that aim at making Africa a better and different continent to live in.
I believe that Africa is possible! It is possible for the one billion inhabitants united in diversity and a common heritage, united through the common vision of Pan-African movement and the struggles of all those who came before us, to live a life of dignity and prosperity.
All of us, in all spheres of influence, are called upon to realize and work towards an inclusive and sustainable society. In 2013, African governments ratified the Agenda 2063, a strategic framework for Africa’s socio-economic transformation over the next 50 years. Agenda 2063 builds on the implementation of past and existing initiatives for growth and sustainable development.
Agenda 2063 paints the Africa of the future, the Africa we want entails:
1. A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development
2. An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance
3. An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice
and the rule of law
4. A peaceful and secure Africa
5. An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics
6. An Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of
its women and youth
7. Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner.
In line with Agenda 2063 is the Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development framework which was universally adopted by governments in 2015. It defines global priorities and aspirations which entails a comprehensive framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to address global and localized challenges through joint endeavour between countries and all communities. The SDG goals are:
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The intersection of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 presents a holistic strategy for addressing the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable development. The implementation of these dual agendas embody sustainability, inclusiveness and integration.
The achievement of these goals in Africa is possible if all stakeholders understand and contribute to their attainment. Governments have agreed to take action, it is time for Africa’s policy makers, civil society, private sector, academia and the citizenry to take the lead and create positive impact in eliminating extreme poverty through responsible, inclusive and sustainable actions.
CSR Africa Dialogues mission is to answer and rally the call in attaining SDGs and “The Africa We Want” manifesto through knowledge share and innovation exchange.
Africa is possible!