Rwanda will next week host an international conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation in Africa, an official announced on Friday.
To take place in Kigali, the meeting is organized by the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A).
The conference will convene a multitude of global, regional and national stakeholders from governments, multilateral and bilateral institutions among others from across Africa to discuss SDGs progress since their adoption in September 2015, according to Belay Begashaw, director general of the SDGC/A.
The conference to run from June 12 to 14 will reflect on a three year journey and make recommendations on the path forward towards SDGs achievement in Africa by 2030, he told a media briefing in Kigali.
North Africa is moving faster than Central Africa in implementing SDGs linked to improving human well-being due to its stable economy, according to Begashaw.
Africa has put more emphasis on ensuring access to water, health and education which are necessary to attain other goals by 2030, he added.
World leaders in 2015 committed to 17 SDGs which include ending extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice as well as fixing climate change among others.
African governments have funding shortfall of about 500 billion U.S. dollars to fully reach the 1.2 trillion annual funding to achieve universal access to modern energy services, basic infrastructure, food security, health, security and climate change mitigation by 2030, according to the SDGC/A.
The SDGC/A was established by African leaders as Africa’s pre-eminent institution championing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in line with the principles of African Union’s Agenda 2063.