The 17 SDGs could transform Africa

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Why SDGs could transform Africa


Alberto Leny

Speed read

  • The World Bank says 75 per cent of the poorest nations are in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) could transform the continent
  • But this can happen mainly through embracing and financing the SDGs

Embracing and financing the sustainable development goals could help Africa develop, writes Alberto Leny.

Africa is in the limelight as the world ushers in the post-2015 development agenda.

The World Bank statistics indicate that 75 per cent of the world’s poorest countries are located in Sub-Saharan Africa, including ten with the highest proportion of residents living in extreme poverty. [1]

World leaders passed a resolution to adopt the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year (25 September) at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States [2]. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has succeeded the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), could mark a turning point for Africa.

SDGs aim to end extreme poverty, hunger and inequality, tackle climate change and build resilient infrastructure to meet Africa’s urgent priorities — economic growth, achieving access to safe drinking water and energy, and investments in agriculture.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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