May 18, 2017 to May 21, 2017

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) convened its third session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 2016) in Addis Ababa, at the UNECA compound, 18 - 21 May 2017.

Day 1 was filled with three high level panels, each consisting of 7-9 government speakers and also a parallel sessions on different goals of focus to the HLPF. Before the launch of the official opening ceremony, the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (MGoS) came together and discussed their joint statement. The agreed statement 
contains two explicit references in SDG 1 and SDG 9. Governments made requests for their services to be accessible for all citizens, and references in national statements to issues of marginalization and vulnerable populations. There was also a presentation on how the Agenda 2030 (the global) and Agenda 2063 (the continental one) can be reconciled. A clear comparison of goals and indicators was presented to the participants and the presentation of the creation of the SDG center for sustainable development in Africa. In the afternoon, the MGOs hosted a side event to discuss how to realize leave no one behind.

Read the statement presented by the MGoS.

Read the summary of the meeting, including recommendations, as prepared by the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities.

Delegates from the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities at the African Forum meeting.

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