Africa's Sustainable Development

From Agenda 2063 to the 2030 Agenda

The African Union’s 50-year development plan, Agenda 2063, unified the continent through the establishment of a Pan-African vision. In seven aspirations, Agenda 2063 acknowledges the significant progress made by the continent while identifying challenges in critical areas of development ahead, including peace, security, good governance and rule of law. Agenda 2063 strives for a continent with homogeneous standards of democracy and human rights while promoting cultural diversity. 

Agenda 2063 laid the foundation for the Common Africa Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (CAP), which served as a roadmap during the negotiations and drafting of the global development agenda. CAP established African countries position of leadership and reaffirmed their commitment to sustainable development. In September 2015, the UN General Assembly   adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Goals (SDGs) and 169 corresponding targets. 

Many of the agreed priorities found in Agenda 2063 are mirrored in the 2030 Agenda. During the Post-2015 Development Agenda negotiations, IDLO strongly advocated for the importance of the rule of law and access to justice as corner stones to sustainable development. Evident throughout both the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, the rule of law is cross-cutting through all the SDGs and aspirations in terms of enabling participatory, accountable and equitable processes in the economic, social and environmental spheres. Aspiration 3 and 4 of Agenda 2063 and SDG 16 of the 2030 Agenda specifically emphasize the rule of law, access to justice and strong legal institutions as drivers and outcomes of sustainable development. 

Aspirations of the Agenda 2063


Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


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