IDDA3: From Political Commitments to Actions on the Ground

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Press Release in English: The Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa: From political commitment to actions on the ground

Extreme poverty in Africa cannot be eradicated without a structural transformation of the continent’s economies. In order to achieve this objective, Africa must industrialize. It must also do so in a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner. Promoting industrialization has therefore featured high on the agendas of African governments for decades. 

Following the adoption of the UNGA resolution on IDDA III, a joint high-level event co-organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission of Africa (UNECA), the Office of Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and UNIDO, will take place on 21 September 2017 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly 72nd Session in New York.

This closed high-level event, titled “Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (2016-2025): From political commitments to actions on the ground”, aims towards achieving the following six objectives:

- Discuss and endorse key features of the IDDA III programme/ roadmap;

- Share achievements made to date in relation to the implementation of IDDA III;

- Strengthen collective strategic partnerships in order to support long-lasting structural transformation;

- Deliberate on innovative financing mechanisms in support of the implementation of IDDA III;

- Reiterate the international community’s commitment to the implementation of IDDA III;

- Highlight the role and importance of the African data revolution in supporting IDDA III.

Expected participants are Heads of States or Governments and other high-level government officials; High-level representatives from the UN and other international organizations; Private sector representatives; Development Financial institutions; Donors as well as Academia and civil society.

Partnerships and creation of synergies for the effective implementation of IDDA III are expected to be enhanced through this event, as well as increased awareness of existing partnership models for accelerating inclusive and sustainable industrial development, such as UNIDO’s Programme for Country Partnership

For more information, please contact:

Matilda Muweme

Programme Officer 

Regional Division - Africa


For media related queries, please contact:

Jason Slater


UNIDO Corporate Communications and Media Relations Division

Tel: +43 1 26026 3063

Mobile: + 43 699 1459 3063


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