This very first convening of FEMNET members and women’s rights organizations generally across Africa to collectively deliberate and develop a roadmap for women’s rights organizations to effectively engage in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). This convening comes one and a half years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and when AU has developed a 10 year implementation plan of the Africa Agenda 2063. An opportune moment when African countries are starting to put in place mechanisms for monitoring, review and implementation of both agendas and some are preparing for National Voluntary Reporting at the High Level Political Forum in July, 2017. In addition, African Union in partnership with UNDP, UN Economic Commission in Africa (UNECA) and African Development Bank are also developing a joint Implementation framework for both 2030 Agenda and Africa Agenda 2063 to allow AU member states to be accountable to both agendas in a more efficient and effective way.
The theme of the convening is “Safeguarding our gains: African women collective action on defining the pathway to achieve 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. It will be (i) a dedicated space for the African women’s movement and development partners to spread learning and broaden understanding of women’s rights key issues related to the gender equality indicators and targets in the 17 SDG goals and Goal 5 in particular and its intersection with other women’s human rights instruments and Africa Agenda 2063. (ii) Foster collective thinking on how to move forward on common challenges and promote alliance-building and continental coordination on ensuring no one is left behind and (iii) Mobilize organizations and individuals for actions that contribute to the effective monitoring, follow up and implementation of 2030 Agenda.
The Convening will discuss how to leverage on regional and global opportunities while identifying existing opportunities at the national and local levels. It will have a market place for players in different countries to share best practices and the existing initiatives that can be replicated in other countries and regionally. The outcomes (roadmap) will feed into other key regional and global processes including the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development to be convened by UNECA in mid May 2017, the 2nd Annual Global South Women’s Forum on Sustainable Development to be held in Rwanda in May, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) to be held in July in New York as well as the 5th Africa-EU Summit to be held in November 2017.