The Seventh Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD-7) was held on 1-4 March 2021 with the theme “Building forward better: towards a resilient and green Africa to achieve the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063”.
At the Forum – which feeds into the HLPF – participants reviewed progress towards the SDGs through Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) and Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs), and addressed the specific impacts of COVID-19 in these reviews.
Member States underscored the importance of localizing the SDGs at the sub-national, governorate and municipal levels. Discussions were informed by a set of regional guidelines for localities to pursue VLRs, which were drafted in response to member State requests at ARFSD-6, and are eagerly anticipated by African localities to help ramp-up their VLRs as they look to rebuild sustainably from COVID-19 while leaving no one behind.
The side-event has three distinct objectives: