Progress in Africa insufficient to meet ambitious 2030 Agenda


Africa is on track in implementing sustainable development goal number 14 on life below water and has made relative good progress on goal 10 which pertains to reduced inequalities.
But the continent is lagging behind in implementing the majority of the sustainable development goals which were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
This was revealed in a special session of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) which focused on messages from the UN’s five Regional Commissions on Accelerating the 2030 Agenda and building back better from COVID-19.
The presentation revealed that Africa was not moving in the right direction on goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. Overall data availability was weak for many goals, including goals 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16 on gender equality, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, life below water, peace, justice and strong institutions.
The UN Regional Commissions agreed that Africa cannot achieve any of the other goals at its current pace.