The post-2015 agenda will provide a new global framework for all countries to better focus, coordinate and integrate their efforts as they work towards sustainable development, while eradicating poverty in all its forms. The new 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) are universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN Member States are expected to use to frame their national development plans and policies over the next 15 years. The SDGs follow, and expand on, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2000, and are due to expire at the end of this year.
By focusing on inclusive growth and transformation, the SDGs reflect the development aspirations of African countries better than the MDGs and they are well aligned with AfDB’s Strategy for 2013-2022 that emphasizes the need for inclusive and green growth, in the quest for sustainable development and poverty eradication. The AfDB, along with other development partners, will be providing support to its Regional Member Countries in Africa in implementing the SDGs by mobilizing additional resources and providing technical assistance and policy advice. The Bank is also actively contributing to the development of the SDGs and raising the African voice in the discussions, including through a dedicated Africa Regional Report on SDGs jointly produced with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union. An AfDB delegation, headed by the President, will take an active role in the Post-2015 Summit’s discussions in New York and beyond.
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