Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialisation are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity, and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations.
A special meeting to be held on 24-26 April 2017 will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialisation across countries. The overall objective of this preparatory meeting is to identify potential incentives and initiatives to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through agriculture and agro-industry development and ensuring impact at scale to move the needle on the SDG indicators. Such identified pathways could be presented to ECOSOC as recommendations and initiatives for Member States that can be implemented or facilitated by the wide range of organisations participating in the preparatory meeting and other partners.
This is an initiative supported by a range of United Nations entities and engaging other organisations such as the African Development Bank, the African Union, NEPAD and representatives of development organisations, including CTA. The Center will be represented at the event by Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator, Agricultural and Rural Development Policy.