A high-level African Development Bank (AfDB) delegation led by its new President, Akinwumi Adesina, will ensure that Africa's voice is heard at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York from September 25-27. Building on President Adesina's five-point vision, to "Light up and power Africa; Feed Africa; Integrate Africa; Industrialize Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa", the Bank commits to play a catalytic role to mobilise funds for the Social Development Goals (SDGs).
The post-2015 agenda provides a new global framework for 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 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 which are due to expire at the end of this year.
Aligned to the AfDB's Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022, the SDGs reflect the development aspirations of African countries that emphasize the need for inclusive and green growth in the quest for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
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