Organized since 2018 in response to the requests by African Member States, Africa Day at the HLPF is an annual ministerial-level event providing an additional informal and interactive platform to share good practices and lessons learned among African Member States and their development partners. It builds on the recommendations of the 7th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD-7) that took place in Brazzaville in March 2021, and responds in particular, to the Brazzaville declaration’s recommendation “to redefine and develop economic models that incorporate the protection of natural resources, the promotion of renewable energies, the development of green and resilient infrastructure and inclusive digitization, informed by an awareness of the value of our human capital.” Furthermore, by focusing on renewable energy as a means to deliver prosperity, inclusion, digitalization and resilience from an African perspective, it is fully aligned with SDGs under review this year, namely Goals 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 16, and 17. The participants will go beyond discussing achievements and have a forward-looking approach to identify needs, and to help address gaps and challenges in SDG implementation from a regional perspective.
Given the continent’s young demographics, it will also have a strong emphasis on youth empowerment. Following a high-level opening segment, the event will include a brief keynote address by an African Union Commissioner, a statement by the Chair of ARFSD-7 (Congo), ministerial statements by African Member States presenting their VNRs this year, and conclude with a technical panel of experts and an interactive segment.