The sustainable development of Africa is a key priority for the UN System. The event has become even more timely, as it now comes at a time of on-going intersecting crises. In this regard, the High-Level Dialogue will provide a global platform for Member States to discuss the impacts of the unfolding crises, the recovery from COVID-19 and the climate emergency on African development. The dialogue will provide a platform to share country-specific experiences, including successes, set-backs, challenges, and lessons learned, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 for the sustainable development of Africa. It will be an opportunity to mobilize greater support and partnerships to overcome the crises and avert their potential negative impacts, accelerate implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063 in the context of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This special High-level Dialogue will be a multi-stakeholder event. Participation is encouraged from UN Member States and Observers at the highest political level, as well as from UN System entities, international financial institutions and multilateral development banks, the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders. The dialogue will culminate in a call to action to accelerate the sustainable development of Africa, as well as an action-oriented Presidents' summary.