From 16-20 October 2017, Africa Week marked its 8th year anniversary at UN Headquarters in New York. The theme of Africa Week 2017(AW2017) focused on "supporting an integrated, prosperous, people-centred, and peaceful Africa”. The week-long event aimed to address key questions regarding the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Africa Week at the UN has come to represent an inclusive and unique platform for policy dialogue.
Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at a high-level inaugural event on “Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-Centred and Peaceful Africa.” UN Photo/Cia Pak
High-level meetings were attended by the Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly and Deputy Secretary General and focused on: 1) how to successfully implement Agenda 2063 along with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2) how to finance Africa's Infrastructure and Agricultural Development for inclusive growth, and 3) and how to address the Climate Change-Migration Nexus and its implications for peace and security in Africa.
IOM’s Ashraf EL Nour spoke at the High-Level Event on Addressing the Climate Change-Migration Nexus and its Implications for Peace and Security in Africa (19 October 2017). Mr. EL Nour that noted that migration in the context of climate change is often used as a survival strategy. Further highlighting that climate change worsens existing vulnerabilities, causes loss of assets and livelihoods and pushes many people to the dark side of migration and into the hands of human traffickers and forced labor. El Nour urged for more stronger and comprehensive collaboration in tackling climate change. In conclusion EL Nour reiterated that migration is not a problem and has always been a positive phenomenon, and that more must be done to ensure that migration remains a choice and not a desperate necessity.
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