• Lead-organizer: Africa Union
  • 19:30 - 21:00
  • Date: 13 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-2

Dialogue on the 'Africa Consensus Statement'

Organizing partners

The Republic of Kenya is jointly organizing the Dialogue on the Africa Consensus Statement with the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


The African Ministers while adopting the Africa Consensus Statement called on Rio+20 to reinvigorate political will and international commitment to the goals and ideals of sustainable development, to move the sustainable development agenda forward, and raise the level of commitment by countries, regions and the international community to a common cause for sustainable development, including the need to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, such as the MDGs. They also called for Rio+20 to adopt concrete measures, supported by adequate means of implementation that would ensure accelerated implementation of sustainable development commitments, including those to be adopted at Rio+20. They further called on the developed countries to fulfil previous commitments and pledges to help Africa?s efforts in achieving sustainable development.

Detailed programme

The Dialogue on the African Consensus Statement is designed to: provide a platform to disseminate the Africa Consensus Statement to Rio+20 with a view to deepening the knowledge of Africa?s political leadership on the statement and its position on the objectives and themes of Rio+20; ensuring that Africa speaks with one strong and coherent voice at the Conference; to foster coalition building around key priorities and concerns, with a view to facilitate negotiations on the Rio+20 outcome document: and mobilize strategic partnerships at the Rio+20 conference and beyond.

It will consist of a one and half hour, moderated High Level Roundtable focusing on analyzing and discussing the draft Rio+20 outcome document in the context of Africa?s priorities and expectations with a special focus on the Africa Consensus Statement. The Panellists will include Heads of Delegation, Heads of African regional institutions and UN Agencies, and representatives of major groups, alliances and partnerships.

Thematic Focus: The Dialogue on the Africa Consensus Statement will be held under the theme: ?Fostering coalition around Africa?s key priorities and concerns, with a view to facilitating negotiations on the Rio+20 outcome document.?

Format of the Event:
The Dialogue will consist of one and half hour of moderated roundtable bringing together lead speakers and panelists from key institutions that operate at regional, sub-regional, national and local levels, as well as strategic partners and major groups that would speak to the Africa Consensus Statement. The Dialogue is envisaged to take place at Rio Centro on 13 June 2012 from 13:15 to 14:45.
The dialogue will feature interventions from high level representatives as follows:
i. Regional level - an official of the African Union Commission (AUC) will deliver welcome address
ii. National level - an official from a selected member State will deliver an opening address
iii. National level - an official from a selected member State will make a presentation on the Africa Consensus Statement and its linkages with the zero draft of the outcome document

Following the presentation, the moderator will raise leading questions which the following panellists will address from various perspectives:

i. National level - an official from a selected member State
ii. Development Partners - an official from a Strategic Partnership and
iii. Local level - a representative of local authorities.

The target audience and participants include: Heads of delegations, Ministers and Experts, Regional Economic Communities, representatives of African institutions, UN Agencies, bilateral and multilateral development partners, and major Groups.

Potential contribution to the outcome of Rio+20: The event is expected to result into the following outcomes that will contribute to shaping the Rio+20 outcome:
(i) Enhanced understanding and appreciation of Africa?s concerns, interests and key priorities / aspirations in the context of the Africa Consensus Statement;
(ii) Garner support and strengthen coalition around Africa Consensus Statement with a view to facilitating negotiations on the draft outcome document and in the implementation of the final Rio+20 outcomes.

Simultaneous interpretation in English and French will be required. The event room should therefore be equipped with interpretation booth and the relevant equipment.
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