Over 100 delegates gather in Accra to define “The Africa We Want”

Accra, April 28, 2014 – Over 100 delegates today gathered for a 3-day Pan African Conference on Inequalities in Accra to address issues of inequalities in the context of structural transformation facing the African continent and to redefine and contribute to the African discourse on development post-MDG and for “the African agenda for 2063”.  The conference was opened by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama. President Mahama challenged the participants to create the “language that imagines the Africa we need and the world we must create” for ourselves and generations to come. He said to speak of inequalities is to dare to ask the question why the difference exists despite recorded growth on the continent. President Mahama noted that “Africa’s growth will not be sustainable unless we address issues of inequalities and ensure that the growth is an inclusive one”. He thanks the organisers and participants of the conference and expressed the hope that people everywhere would consider inclusive growth as a necessity.

Opening session of the conference

Opening session of the conference

There were goodwill messages from the Danish government, the United Nations and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

The conference, among other things, is expected to define “The Africa we want” as input to the global deliberations on “The World We Want”, a global call by the United Nations that seeks to include the voices of people everywhere in defining the post-2015 development agenda.

Some delegates at the UN exhbition stand

Some delegates at the UN exhbition stand

As a side event, the United Nations system mounted an exhibition on inequalities in Ghana within the context of its Development Assistance Framework and its interventions, in partnership with partners, to address those inequalities.

For more on the Pan-African Conference, please visit http://africainequalities.org/conference/about/about-the-conference/