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ENDA Tiers Monde wants greater gender involvement in implementation of Africa's 2030 and 2063 agendas

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The international network, Environment and Development in the Third World (ENDA Tiers Monde), has called for a better involvement of the gender concept in the implementation of Africa's 2030 and 2063 agendas.

ENDA will make the call at the eighth African Forum on Sustainable Development (AFRD-8), due to start on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda, on the theme "Building a Better Future: A Green, Inclusive and Resilient Africa Ready to Achieve the 2030 and 2063 Agendas".

"We, the members of the Enda network, strongly believe that as the eighth session of the African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development opens, the ECA should ensure that the implementation mechanisms of the 2030 and 2063 agendas take into account the gender dimension in a rigorous and structured manner.

"The ECA should ensure that the implementation mechanisms of the 2030 and 2063 agendas take into account the gender dimension, its impact on women and future generations and the means to respond to it, and also take into account the empowerment, the effective participation of women and youth and their support in their initiatives," according to a statement issued in advance of this meeting in which the NGO is taking part.

As a civil society organisation, "Enda Third World" says it is "deeply committed to human rights, gender equality and social justice, as well as to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable development for all".

The network deplores the weak leadership of African women who are almost absent from productive processes as a result of Africa's low level of industrialisation.

Scheduled for 3 to 5 March, the forum, which is preparing Africa's position at the 2022 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on the theme "Building back better after the Coronavirus (COVID-19)", is being organised by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Government of Rwanda, in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other UN entities.

It will bring together African ministers, senior officials, high-level policy makers and experts from ministries and agencies and practitioners from UN member states, the private sector, civil society, academia and UN organisations for three days.

The forum aims to facilitate learning, including the sharing of approaches, experiences and lessons learned from National Voluntary Examinations (NVEs) and Local Voluntary Examinations (LVEs) and implementation efforts.

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