In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Earlier in 2015, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) also committed to “Agenda 2063: The Africa we want,” a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation  of Africa over the next 50 years.

Sustainable development is at the heart of both 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063. The 2030 Agenda defines it as the pursuit of “five Ps”: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships. The implementation of both agendas hinges on good governance, and effective, accountable and inclusive  institutions and professional and ethical public service.

The Symposium will debate and share lessons and approaches on how to implement the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 in an integrated fashion, also bringing in other international agreements on sustainable development. It will reflect on how to take whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to implementing the Agendas in various country situations. 

The Symposium is being jointly organized by UNDESA, UNDP, UNITAR and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), in cooperation with UNECA.


The Symposium reaffirmed Africa's firm commitments to realizing the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063. There is a strong conviction that Africa can deliver on the high ambitions of both Agendas — and a determination to make it happen.

Participants discussed how the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 could be localized, implemented and reviewed in an integrated way. Many countries have been localizing the SDGs and integrating them in their institutions, policies, plans and oversight and review systems. Success requires a collective effort of national and local governments working as partners with civil society, the private sector, academia and others. There was a strong message that realizing the vision of the two Agendas hinges on establishing an adequate institutional framework and a truly new paradigm of governance. Development plans and policies need to take integrated approaches, which is challenging. Success also requires innovation, and resource mobilization. Strong accountability frameworks at national level and quality disaggregated statistics and data are critical. Voluntary National Reviews at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development help countries to learn from each other and can strengthen national implementation. Other important peer and other review mechanisms exist notably the APRM.

The Symposium was attended by about 100 international and local participants, including ministers, high-level officials, civil society, private sector, academia and development institutes.

  • SESSION 1 – Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063: What are the trigger changes for making their vision a reality?
  • SESSION 2 – Adapting the 2030 and 2063 Agendas at the national level and developing integrated policies to achieve the SDGs
  • SESSION 3 – Means of implementation of the SDGs
  • SESSION 4 – Realizing the SDGs in societies in conflict and sustaining peace
  • SESSION 5 – Mobilizing institutions and societies; strengthening capacities and bolstering leadership
  • SESSION 6 – Reviewing implementation and measuring progress of the SDGs
  • SESSION 7 – Conclusion and ways forward

The Symposium will be held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.



The following have partnered to organise the Africa Symposium:







For inquiries in English regarding the Symposium, please contact: Ms. Tiblet Kelemwork 


Mr. John Mary Kauzya
Chief, Public Administration Capacity Building Branch
Division for Public Administrationand Develoment Management, UNDESA

Ms. Tiblet Kelemwork
Technical Cooperation Assistant
Email: kelemwork@un.org


Mr. Mansour Ndiaye
Africa Regional Team Leader, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development
UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa

Ms. Alessandra Cassazza
SDG Advisor
UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa


Mr. Alex Mejia
Senior Manager
Decentralized Cooperation Programme

Ms. Elena Proden
Capacity for the 2030 Agenda


Mr. Jean-Pierre Ndoutoum
Institut de la Francophonie pour le développement durable

Mr. Tounao Kiri
Program manager
Capacity for the 2030 Agenda