The overall objective for Bank’s effective participation at Rio+20 is to showcase Bank group activities and also to ensure that Africa’s priorities and interests, as contained in the Africa Consensus Statement to Rio+20, are reflected in the outcomes of Rio+20.

To achieve the desired outcomes, the African Development Bank and other partners will need to ensure that Africa’s participation at Rio+20 is well-coordinated.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Enhance the Bank’s visibility at  Rio+20, during the preparatory meetings  and onsite  at  the pre-events, including Africa Day
  • Enhance support for rethinking Africa’s development priorities in the context of emerging challenges on sustainable development such as climate change and green growth
  • Better inform African decision makers and practitioners on the need to build and cultivate strategic partnerships

During the conference, the African Development Bank (AfDB), together with other partners such as the African Union Commission,  the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa, the United Nations Development Programme – Regional Office Africa, and United Nations Environment Programme will sponsor various technical events. These events whose themes will be in harmony with the overall objectives and spirit of the conference and which include:

  • ‘Supporting the transition to Green Growth in Africa;
  • ‘Financing sustainable development in Africa’;
  • ‘Promoting an Institutional Framework to support Sustainable Development in Africa’
  • ‘Dialogue on the Africa Consensus Statement’.

There will be an Africa Day.  The day will provide a platform for a series of High Level Dialogues among African Heads of State and Government and other leading policy makers, practitioners and researchers on matters of interest for the continent.  

Topics for discussion include green growth associated implications for Africa. The panel discussions and round tables will explore the various sub-themes underpinning sustainable development with a view to drawing out practical considerations for the African context.

Africa Day will thus provide African decision-makers the opportunity to advocate for a meaningful outcome at Rio+20 on the key issues that are important to Africa.


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