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UN top officials meet Mnangagwa over 6th Africa Regional Forum preps

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UNITED Nations (UN) top officials have met Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa to exchnage notes on the preparations for the sixth Africa Regional Forum which will be held in Zimbabwe end of this month.

The duo, UN resident coordinator for Zimbabwe Maria Ribeiro, and head of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Vera Songwe briefed the head of state on the preps which are now at an advanced stage.

“The officials expressed appreciation on the support extended by his excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa and briefed him on the progress of the preparations,” said a statement released  soon after the engagement.

The 6th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) will be held in the resort town of Victoria Falls from 24-27 February, 2020.

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The Zimbabwean government and UN have been working closely for preparations since September last year.

ECA’s African Centre for Statistics and Officer in Charge of the Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management Division’s director, Oliver Chinganya described the event as very imperative.

“The ARFSD is very important as it helps us take stock of where the continent is in terms of implementing the SDGs.

“Presently we are not doing very well. We are lacking in many areas. There are a lot of holes, especially when you look at data be it on poverty or climate change. So the 2020 Forum needs to spur ambitious actions to help us deliver on all the goals as Africa,” he said.

Among other objectives the forum provides a platform for peer learning and exchange, especially on regional Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) and implementation of SDGs.

The 2020 ARFSD is intended to be an action-oriented Forum for stakeholders to explore, gain insight into, share and agree on sets of concrete and workable actions that will enable the African countries to achieve set targets within the set time.

All the 17 SDGs will be under spotlight at the 2020 Forum.

 

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