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Africa Sustainable Development Report 2018

Towards a Transformed and Resilient Continent

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The Africa Sustainable Development Report 2018 reviews Africa’s performance on five goals, and related targets and indicators of the 2030 Agenda, taking into account their correspondence with Agenda 2063. The report uses the latest data from international sources to track performance and highlight lessons learned in the implementation of the two agendas. In line with the theme of the 2018 High-level Political Forum (HLPF), this year’s report is aligned with the theme, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” and Goals 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition, the report examines trends in science, technology and innovation in Africa and its role in advancing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on the continent.

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Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 11 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable calls for better planning and investment in cities and informal settlements to improve the quality of lives of people living in urban areas. Africa’s urbanization process is a transformative force and a development priority for the region. Africa’s speed and scale of urbanization, compared with other world regions, will position the continent as an urban region in less than two decades. Urbanization can be a vehicle to create wealth, generate employment and drive human progress by harnessing agglomeration forces and industrialization for inclusive and sustainable development. Nonetheless, African cities are not coping with adequate planning and managing the rapid urban growth occurring in many countries. Effective implementation strategies and tracking mechanisms are critical for achieving targets that countries have committed to as outlined in: SDG 11; Aspiration 1 and Priority 4, of Agenda 2063, The Africa We Want; and the New Urban Agenda.

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