The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina Mohammed, has advised African leaders to support and invest in environmental and sustainability solutions with African roots. Mohammed advised at the opening ceremony of the Ninth Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD-9) in Niamey, Niger Republic, where she challenged African leaders to recognise that true African-led solution born on the continent would enable them to meet the challenges of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.
In addition, she urged African leaders to prioritise the involvement of young people in the implementation of the digital economy.
Amina Mohammed stated that it is crucial to ensure that the green and digital economies benefit Africa’s people and the environment.
She emphasised that involving young people is essential to achieving this goal. Amina urged African leaders to work together to fulfil the promises made in 2015 regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She identified three critical areas that require attention, including developing a new financial architecture that provides Africa with greater access to finance.