SDG Moment at the African Union Summit
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Afufo-Addo, and the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, are co-Chairs of the SDGs Advocates and led an SDGs Moment on the sidelines of the AU Summit on February 10, 2019. The purpose of the event was to rally the support of the African leaders to scale up implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Speaking at the event, the President noted that when the Founding Fathers of the AU, met in Addis Ababa in 1963 to adopt the OAU Charter, their overarching aspirations were the attainment of freedom, equality, justice and dignity and the economic transformation of the African continent, driven by the continent’s immense natural and human resources; and these aspirations are today embodied in the 2030 Agenda and the AU's Agenda 2063.
"The SDGs present our generation with a great opportunity to fight inequality on all fronts, wipe out extreme poverty, tackle the issues of climate change, reverse the degradation and unsustainable use of our environmental and marine resources, transform our economies and bring enhanced prosperity to our peoples. The strong degree of convergence between the SDGs and Agenda 2063 makes it imperative that we leverage implementation of the SDGs to achieve the goals and objectives of our Agenda 2063. With the substantial progress that our continent is making on many fronts, I stand firmly with those who say that ‘this is Africa’s moment’.” - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo