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WEBINAR: Why SDG 16 matters to the African Great Lakes Region? 4th May 2016

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In September, 2015, World Leaders adopted the transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. The SDG 16 urges us to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The SDG 16 is of particular importance for the 12 Member States (Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) against the backdrop of past recurrent crises as well as ongoing conflicts in Burundi, CAR, South Sudan and eastern DRC. This webinar analyses opportunities and challenges for effective implementation of the SDG 16 in the GLR and hopes to address the following questions:

  • What will be the added value of SDG 16 ten years after the signing of the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Developmentand its ten Protocols?
  • What are the lessons learned from the ICGLR process to ensure successful implementation of SDG 16?
  • Based on ongoing ICGLR initiatives on fighting Youth unemployment and illegal exploitation of natural resources / extractive industries as examples of collaborative regional commitments to address root causes of conflicts, what policy options emerge from the Great Lakes Region?

About the Speaker:

Pamphile Sebahara is the Head of Research, Training and Documentation Department at the LM Regional Centre for Democracy and Good Governance, a Regional Think Tank of the 12 Member States of the ICGLR, based in Lusaka, Zambia. He has worked and published for 15 years on issues related to democratisation and governance; peace building and conflicts; decentralisation and public sector reform; youth employment, regional integration and development policies. Prior to joining ICGLR in 2011, he worked for a Think Tank based in Brussels (GRIP) on peace and security in Africa and for the National Commission for Decentralisation in Burkina Faso.

The Dialogue will be introduced by Dr. Frank Okuthe-Oyugi, Executive Director of the Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy and God Governance of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR): www.icglr-lmrc.org.

To register (go to): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2603018286092881924 (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar).

The webinar will be recorded. Please sign up even if you can’t attend, and we will send you a link to the recording. We invite you to share before-hand any questions or comments that you may like discussed during the webinar to: aseem.andrews@undp.org

This will be an interactive webinar with ample time for Q&A. We hope that you will be able to join us online and Tweet using: #UNDPOGC

This event will be moderated by Endre Stiansen, Advisor, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre.
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