High Level Launch of the Africa Sdg Index and Dashboards 2018 Report

June 19, 2018

High Level Launch of the Africa Sdg Index and Dashboards 2018 Report

MEDIA ADVISORY / 31st AU SUMMIT

HIGH LEVEL LAUNCH OF THE AFRICA SDG INDEX AND DASHBOARDS

2018 REPORT

INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

What: High Level Launch of the Africa SDG Index and Dashboards 2018 Report

When: Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The meeting will be held in one session:

- Session 1 (Day 1): Attended by African Ambassadors to Ethiopia, Permanent Representatives to the Commission of the African Union, heads of UN agencies, representatives from government and various stakeholders.

Where: Small Conference Hall 4, NCC, AUC Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Time: Starting from 8:30 hrs to 10:00 hrs.

Who: The Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) in partnership with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Participants:

The high level meeting will convene participants including African Ambassadors to

Ethiopia, Permanent Representatives to the Commission of the African Union, heads of

UN agencies, representatives from government and various stakeholders.

Notes to the Editor:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal agenda of sustainable development, calling on all nations to pursue a holistic strategy that combines economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability, on a basis of good governance. The purpose of the SDG Index and Dashboards is to assist countries to benchmarking their SDG performance, to identify priorities for action in order to achieve the 17 SDGs, and to highlight specific challenges facing African nations and sub-regions.

This is the first year the report is published and will be published annually. The Index and Dashboards is based on data available from internationally organizations such as UN agencies, African Development Bank and academic papers. The Africa Index and Dashboards aim to help tackle three key problems by 1) addressing the urgent need for comparable data, 2) resolving issues between international and national level statistics, and 3) raising awareness of the SDGs as a shared framework.

The Africa Index and Dashboards are a simple tool for presenting countries’ challenges and progress in achieving the SDGs. It provides greater granularity on trends and performance on the path to the SDGs to support national, regional and continental discussions about development priorities and help countries pinpoint key implementation challenges

The SDGC/A will work with governments and other partners in the region to help build and strengthen capacity on data and statistical systems. For this, the Center is expecting to coordinate an Africa SDG Index Day at the national level, where all government ministries and all other partners will examine the Index results, so that they can serve as evidence to inform policy.

Media representatives are invited to take part and cover the event.

For Media interviews requests please contact:

Andile Ngwenya Kalusokoma | Communications Advisor (SDGC/A) | Tel: +250781885502 | E-mail: angwenya@sdgcafrica.org

Mr. Gamal Ahmed A. Karrar| Communication Officer| Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission | E-mail: GamalK@africa-union.org

Mrs. Esther Azaa Tankou | Head, Information Division, Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission | Tel: +251(0) 911361185 | E-mail: yamboue@africa-union.org

For further information: Directorate of Information and Communication | African Union Commission I E-mail: DIC@africa-union.org I Web Site: www.au.int I Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

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