Forum urges African countries to integrate protection of natural resources

Ninth Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Niamey, Niger

THE  United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and  Regional Forum on Sustainable Development has  called on African nations  to redefine and develop their economic models by integrating  protection of natural resources.

This was part of the forum’s resolutions after  their  meeting on sustainable development held in Niamey in Niger Republic on Friday.

The meeting deliberated on issues that included water, land, promotion of renewable energy and a just transition.

 The participating nations called for the implementation of green and resilient infrastructure that would support  sustainable industrialisation, and the development of urbanisation to achieve  an  inclusive growth among members.

The forum  also encouraged African countries to harness science, innovation and state-of-the-art technologies, such as artificial intelligence for their accelerated growth and development. 

 The group also deliberated on the potentials of young people toward  driving  the necessary transformation in the next 10 years to   achieve the objectives of sustainable development.

The resolutions also  reflected the Niamey declaration on accelerating  inclusive and green recovery, integrated and full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063.

It called for  increased national investment in digital meteorological and climate observation systems to help  provide early warning systems against  impending eventualities.

The forum requested  the United Nations, African Union Commission (AUC),  African Development Bank (AfDB),  African Export-Import Bank and other partners to expand their support to scale-up and deliver the projected  initiatives.

According to them, the initiatives include Voluntary National and Local Reviews, Debt-for-nature swaps, the regional digital carbon registry,  harmonisation of greenhouse gas accounting and reporting protocols.

Others are capacity-building in relation to green, blue and sustainable bonds, the great blue wall initiative and the liquidity and sustainability facility to overcome financing challenges.

“We should strive to bolster positive action in support of the climate and nature and to accelerate significantly the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063,” it said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  reports that the two-day forum was declared open by the President of Niger, Mr Mohamed Bazoum  on   Thursday.

 The forum’s meeting  was  organised by UNECA with the government of Niger republic in  collaboration with AUC, African Developmeht Bank (AFDB)and entities of the UN.

The event  was attended by African ministers, and officials responsible for the environment and sustainable development, finance, planning, economic and social development, water, energy, industry, infrastructure, urban planning and land management among others. (NAN)