Pillar 1: Structural economic transformation and inclusive growth

Transforming our world - the 2030 agenda for sustainable development

Preamble:  This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

ITUC-Africa Human and Trade Union Rights Network: statement on illicit financial flows

Abuja: African trade union leaders from 25 African countries gathered here in Abuja, Nigeria for the past two days (27-28 July)  to discuss some critical and urgent issues affecting workers, families and communities across Africa with the view to contribute practical suggestions to them. Some of these issues include: halting Illicit Financial Flows from Africa in the context of the quest to mobilize domestic resources to finance Africa’s structural transformation.

Kaberuka: Inclusive business is a key contributor to SDGs implementation

Abidjan: The African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka has called for enhancement of policies to strengthen their role in growing inclusive business. Inclusive business, he said was an effective means of increasing private sector contribution towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). President Kaberuka was speaking at a forum, “Inclusive Business as a contributor to the SDG implementation”, which was held at the sidelines of the Financing for Development conference.

NEPAD side events at the Third International Financing for Development conference

Five side events were organised by NEPAD during the Third International Financing for Development conference, held in Addis Ababa in July 2015.  They were:   

Jeffrey Sachs: 'African infrastructure investment top priority for continent, need to rally behind NEPAD'

Addis Ababa: Closing Africa’s infrastructure gap is a top priority in order to put the continent on a path for double digit growth and sustainable development. This is according to world-renowned professor of economics, Jeffrey Sachs. "There is no choice, Africa needs 10 per cent per year of economic growth in the next 15 years,” Professor Sachs said.

UN can help reform the international financial system

Rome: The growth in global interdependence poses greater challenges to policy makers on a wide range of issues and for countries at all levels of development.  Yet, the mechanisms and arrangements put in place over the past three decades have not been adequate to the challenges of coherence and coordination of global economic policy making. The recent financial crises have exposed some such gaps and weaknesses.

Africa’s collective input to the 2015 Meeting of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The Economic Commission for Africa jointly with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) convened the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development from 17 to 18 June, 2015. The Forum brought together high-level representatives of African member states together with all relevant stakeholders.

Economic and Social Council: High-level Political Forum debate

New York: The High-level Political Forum, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, must provide robust monitoring and follow-up to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda while taking into consideration the national realities and priorities of States, said speakers as the Forum opened its general debate this afternoon.

Development financing conference to agree 'concrete' action on social protection, aid delivery – UN official

New York: The senior United Nations official who will act as head of the upcoming Third International Conference of Financing for Development, to be held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, announced today that among the meeting's “concrete deliverables” would be a commitment to establish a new technology bank for the least developed countries by 2017.

A sustainable development review process

Throughout the pre-negotiation process, UNCTAD has maintained that the post-2015 development agenda should aim at both a new economic development paradigm and a revitalized global partnership. The new paradigm should enable the international community to achieve poverty reduction via economic structural transformation on the one hand and a socially inclusive and green economy on the other. The revitalized global partnership should leverage trade, investment, technology, finance and other “enablers” to contribute towardsnational efforts on sustainable development.


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