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E-Symposium on the Sidelines of the 2023

E-Symposium on the Sidelines of the 2023 Partnership Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Strengthening International and Regional Partnerships and their Role in Advancing Sustainable Development in Africa
Background

Within the framework of its interest in advancing the wheel of sustainable development and on the sidelines of the 2023 Partnership Forum of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and under the activities of the Cross-Cutting Programs cluster in the African Union Economic, Social, and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC).

Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights is organizing E-Symposium on: “The Role of International and Regional Partnerships in Advancing the Wheel of Sustainable Development in Africa”, which comes in consistent with the 2023 HLPF theme of the forum 2023, “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels”.

The E-Symposium will shed light on the role of international and regional partnerships in accelerating sustainable development. It will also discuss the importance of cooperation between the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and the Economic and Social Council of the African Union and how can experiences be exchanged to achieve maximum benefit in the field of sustainable development, as well as the role of civil society institutions in strengthening development partnerships between these different sectors.

The E-Symposium will focus on the importance of international and regional partnerships in advancing the sustainable development goals of 2023, according to the High-Level Political Forum 2023. It reviews in-depth Goals 6 on clean water and sanitation, 7 on affordable and clean energy, 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, 11 on sustainable cities and communities, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals.

Topics
  1. Introduction to the United Nations Partnerships Forum, its role in achieving sustainable development, and its relationship to the high-level Policy Forum.
  2. Introducing the Economic and Social Council of the African Union and its role in achieving sustainable development.
  3. The importance of international and regional partnerships in advancing the sustainable development of 2023, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and not only Goal 17.
  4. The role of both the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and the African Union advances the development goals of concern, especially those related to the environmental and climate dimensions
  5. The role of civil society in strengthening international and regional partnerships and accelerating the development response after Covid-19.
  6. The importance of benefiting from mutual experiences and coming up with recommendations and proposals.
Agenda
# Topic Speaker Duration
1
Introductory Opening Remarks Amb. Amr Aljowaily

African Union Commission

5 minutes
2
introduction to the United Nations Partnerships Forum, its role in achieving sustainable development Abdelrahman Basha, Partners For Transparency – PFT (Moderator) 10 Minutes
3
AU ECOSOCC and its role in achieving sustainable development Khalid Boudali, Presiding Officer of AU ECOSOCC 15 Minutes
4 The importance of international and regional partnerships in advancing the sustainable development in 2023 Kofi Kankam, Chair of NGOs Major Group for Africa – UN DESA 15 Minutes
5 How to engage both UN ECOSOC And AU ECOSOCC advancing of the 2030 and 2063 SDGs Agendas. William Carew – Head of Secretariat – African Union ECOSOCC 15 Minutes
6 The role of CSOs in strengthening international and regional partnerships and accelerating the development response after Covid-19 Ayman Okeil, CEO of Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights & Cross Cutting Programs Cluster chair at AU ECOSOCC 15 Minutes
7 Questions, conclusion and recommendations 15 Minutes

Venue and Time    

Where: Virtual via zoom on: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZiuuAwHkQ2Cwuh2XljN6GA

When: January 31, 2023, 08.30 EST (NY) and 13.30 UTC

Languages: English, Arabic, and French.

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