The Golden Jubilee Summit of the Union directed the African Union Commission (AUC), supported by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA),to prepare a continental 50-year agenda through a people-driven process outlining the Africa We Want, namely African Union Agenda 2063 (http://agenda2063.au.int/) .
The AU Agenda 2063 is “a Shared Strategic Framework for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development” which emphasizes the importance of rekindling the passion for Pan-Africanism, a sense of unity, self-reliance, integration and solidarity that was a highlight of the triumphs of the 20th century.
The First Ten-Year Implementation Plan 2014-2023, the first in a series of five ten year plans over the fifty year horizon was adopted by the Summit in June 2015. This serves as a basis for the preparation of Medium Term Development Plans of member states of the Union, the Regional Economic Communities and the AU Organs.
Africa’s common priorities as outlined in Agenda 2063 fed into the development of the Agenda 2030 through the African Common Position on SGDs. The Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/sustainabledevelopmentgoals), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. As a result of the African positioning and input into the SDG process, there is great convergence between Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030. Therefore, African countries are currently domesticating both agendas into National Development Plans.
The 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals of the two agendas are interconnected and the key to success on a single goal will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with other goals.
The goals in Agenda 2063 and SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism compelling countries to make the right choices at the present moment towards improving life in a sustainable way, for future generations. Countries are therefore adopting these goals in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. Overall, the 2 are transformative agendas that tackle the root causes of poverty, levers of inclusive growth and development and seek to secure sustainable financing.