Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, May God Assist Him, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Economic Commission of the United Nations for Africa-ECA co-organize the 5th session of the African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) from 16 to 18 April 2019 in Marrakech under the theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality“.
This continental African event was attended by several African Ministers and Senior Officials in the Environment and Sustainable Development. It also brought together policy makers and experts from governments and intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.
L’Association Nationale AL HIDN had the honor of actively participating in this great event as a Major Group actor and other stakeholders.
The 5th session of ARFSD, comes in a particular context marked by the need to act quickly to control the consequences of global warming, limiting it to a threshold not exceeding 1.5 ° C according to the latest IPCC * report. This session resulted in the elaboration of the Draft Marrakesh Declaration.
This session is a step in the process of preparation of the African Continent at the HLPF High Level Polical Forum 2019 to be held from 9 to 18 July in New York, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council of the UN, the HLPF is a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs.
The ARFSD provided an opportunity and a platform at regional level for Ministers, High Level SD Leaders, Experts, NGOs, Civil Society, representatives of UN agencies and other stakeholders; to discuss, review, identify challenges and make recommendations on the following Sustainable Development Goals SDGs of Agenda 2030 (SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 8 Decent Work and Inclusive Economic Growth, SDG 10 Reduced inequalities, SDG 13 climate action, SDG 16 peace, justice and strong institutions and SDG 17 partnership for the Goals) along with the corresponding goals of Agenda 2063.
*: IPCC : Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change