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Scheduled to be held at the Kigali Convention Center, Kigali, Rwanda on 12-14 June 2019.

It has been three years since world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With only twelve years left to meet the SDGs targets, this Conference will be a time to bring together all stakeholders – leaders from governments across Africa, the United Nations Agencies, bilateral institutions, international and other non-governmental organizations, universities and research institutions, civil society and the private sector to critically reflect and discuss the progress that has been made towards achieving the SDGs in Africa so far. Discussions will be built around the SDG Mid-Term (2015 - 2018) Review Report developed by the SDGC/A that will identify priorities for SDG implementation, determine institutional and financial gaps in implementation, and set forth pragmatic recommendations for African countries to stay on track towards SDG achievement.






Wednesday 12 June 2019

Thursday 13 June 2019

Friday 14 June 2019




Enhancing National M&R System and Capacities for SDG monitoring & Reporting



Revitalization of National Development Banks for Sustainable Development



Financing Health, Education and Green Water in Africa

Main Conference


SDGs implementation in Africa – Reflections on a Three-year Journey






Guest arrival and registration




Guest arrival and registration


8:00 - 9:15


Guest arrival and registration


8:30 – 9:00


Guest arrival and registration


7:30 – 9:00




Opening Session







9h:00 -9h:30


Opening Session







9h:15 -9h:45


Plenary Session:


Health Systems, Primary & Secondary Education, and Green Water as Priority Areas in the SDG Framework
















Welcoming And Discussion On SDGs Three-Year Report

Welcoming Remarks


o   Master of Ceremonies:

Mr. George Ndirangu, Journalist, BBC Africa


Report On Africa 2030 - SDGs Three-Year Reality Check

o   Key Findings and Conclusions, Dr. Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo, SDGs Advisor and Senior Economist, The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa




o   Moderated by Mr. George Ndirangu, Journalist, BBC Africa

o   Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

o   Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Sr. Vice President, 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships, World Bank Group

o   Hon. Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Rwanda

o   Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

o   Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Sr. Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)






9:00 am - 10:00 am






Thematic Session 1:


Strengthening National Statistical Capacity






9:30 – 10: 45 AM


Panel Discussion


Theme 1:

Assessing the current condition and prospects of National Development Banks in Africa in fostering economic development and achievement of the SDGs


9:45 -10:45 AM


10 AM


Coffee/Tea Break






10:45 – 11:15 AM


Coffee/Tea Break






10:45 – 11:45 AM


Coffee/Tea Break






10:30 – 11:00 AM


Coffee/Tea Break


Participants to be back in the Auditorium at 10:30 to await Heads of State


10:00 – 10: 30 AM



11h AM


Thematic Session 2:


Strengthening the Pan-African M&R Systems for Harmonized Data












11:15 AM – 1: 00 PM


Parallel Discussions – Round One

Theme 2:


Creating the appropriate enabling environment and policy, regulatory and governance framework for promoting development financing in Africa

Theme 3:


Strengthening capitalization and

innovative sources of finance for

NDBs in Africa


11:45 AM – 1: 00 PM


Parallel Sessions: Presentations, Panel Discussion and Q&A


Session 1A: Strengthening African Health Systems< o:p>


Session 1B: Scaling-up Enhanced Rainfed Agriculture


Session 1C: Improving Primary and Secondary Edu ation




11:00 AM 1:00 PM


Official Opening and Presidential Panel and Launch of 2019 Africa SDG Index




o   Dr. Belay E. Begashaw, Director General, The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa




o   H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy-Secretary General, United Nations,


represented by Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Accelerating Agenda 2063 And The SDGs


Official Launch Of 2019 SDG Index


o   H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission


Official Opening Remarks And Launch Of SDGs Three Year Report


o   H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda


Presidential Panel: Reflections On SDGs Progress In Africa


o   Moderated by Dr. Donald Kaberuka, 7th President of the African Development Bank Group

o   H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda

o   H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia

o   Honorable Chief Dr. Jewel C. Howard-Taylor, Vice President, Republic of Liberia

o   H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission




11h:00 am-1h:00 pm

1:00 2:00 PM





1h:00 pm-3h:00 pm



Thematic Session 3:


Understanding of Data Gaps











2:00-3:45 PM


Parallel Discussions – Round Two


During this session, participants

will attend a panel discussion on

either Theme 2 or Theme 3,

described above. If participants

attended the Theme 2 session

before lunch, they will now


Theme 3, and vice versa.


2:00 – 3:15 P M





Parallel Sessions: Grou Discussions


Session 1A: Strengthening African Health Systems< o:p>










2:00 4:00 PM


The Path To SDG Achievement In Africa: Panel Discussion On

Governance (Including Good Data), Financing And Social Inclusion


Moderated by Mr. George Ndirangu, BBC Africa

o   Amb. Claver Gatete, Minister of Infrastructure, Republic of Rwanda

o   Ms. Zebib Kavuma, Deputy Regional Director, Eastern & Sourthern Africa, UN WOMEN

o   Mr. Kofi Adomakoh, Director, Project & Export Development Finance, African Export-Import Bank

o   Mr. Peter Kamalingin, Director, Pan-Africa, Oxfam

o   Ms. Kate Moger, Regional Vice President, Great Lakes Region, International Rescue Committee





2h:00pm-3h:30 pm




Coffee/Tea Break








3:45-4:00 PM

Panel Discussion


Theme 4: Synthesizing the

experiences and lessons learned of

selected NDBs participating in the

SDGC/A’s NDB initiative, and

ways to scale-up to other NDBs


3:15 PM – 4:15 PM



Coffee/Tea Break








4:00 – 4:15



Coffee/Tea Break








4:30 pm-5:00 pm



Thematic Session 4:


Strengthening Coordination and SDG Results Dissemination

3:00-5:00 PM


Coffee/Tea Break





4:15 – 4:30 P M


Plenary Session:

Summary of outcomes from parallel sessions



4:15 – 5:15 PM


Key Frameworks for the Path to SDG Achievement in Africa




4:00 pm-5:00 pm



Closing Session:


Key Messages and Way Forward
















Closing Session:


Key Messages and Way Forward


Presentation: Summary of Key

Messages from the Day and

Thoughts on the Way Forward













Closing Session:


Summary Remarks:


Where do we go from here?















Closing Session:

Where Are We And Where do We Go From Here?


A Summary of Key Findings from the Three-Day Conference


o   Ms. Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO, The Aliko Dangote Foundation on behalf of Mr. Aliko Dangote, Owner, Dangote Group and SDGC/A Co-Chair






5h:00-5h:30 pm

4h:30-5h:30 pm

5h:15:5h:45 pm

5h:00 pm-5h:30 pm







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