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Responding to Transformation:  The United Effort for Africa

By Sara    About Voice Ethiopia

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) was established by the United Nations in 1958, representing fifty-four states in the continent. UNECA is one of the United Nations’ five regional commissions that operates a dual role as a regional arm for the UN, advocating for economic and social development, promoting intra-regional integration, and encouraging international cooperation in Africa’s development. UNECA also provides technical advisory services to African governments, intergovernmental organizations, and institutions.

On June 16th- June 18th, 2015, the ninth session of UNECA’s Committee on Sustainable Development will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Leaders from organizations such as the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development, African Climate Policy Centre, Green Economy and Natural Resources Section, Special Initiatives Division, and New Technologies and Innovations will present their current projects. Various mini-sessions throughout the event will include UNECA’s programs on innovation, technology, and mineral resources required in order to sustain a socioeconomic development throughout Africa. Previous thematic areas of focus have included regional integration and trade, macroeconomic policy, natural resources, and social development.

UNECA, partnering with the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank, will also present a platform for the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. Participants will offer suggestions to UNECA based off their achievements through 2014/2015, and contribute recommendations according to the 2015/2016 framework. Representatives will have the chance to state their perspective on regional priorities, key messages, and recommendations to the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the 2015 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The ultimate goal of the upcoming session is to deliver a clear understanding and appreciation of UNECA’s dedication to innovation, technology, and management of Africa’s resources. The session will acknowledge the significance of the mineral resources required to foster a socioeconomic development among Africa, the issue of using their natural resources as a source of income, and the challenges faced due to climate change. In addition, priorities, policies, and strategies will be put into action in order to have a structural transformation in Africa. Advancements, as well as opportunities, wish to be offered throughout the session.

To learn more information regarding the 9th Session of the UNECA Committee on Sustainable Development, please visit Voice Ethiopia’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Our team will be following this event on social media and will post live updates as they are provided.


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