aking the Forum theme “Investing in Natural Capital for Inclusive Development in Africa”, the opening plenary session will bring together high profile individuals from corporate, public, civil society and development sectors to debate the critical roles of natural capital in Africa’s sustainable development agenda, and the importance of multi-sectoral cooperation to catalyse inclusive green growth. The session will also profile some best practices and regional and global strategies for Africa’s sustainable future.
his session will bring together all the outcomes from the Forum sessions, including the side events. Recommendations from the various sessions and outcomes of the CEO’s meeting will be synthesised into a sustainability plan, dubbed “Akosombo Declaration”. The Declaration will integrate regional and global development frameworks like Sustainable Development Goals and African Union’s Agenda 2063, as well as speak to upcoming events like the Natural Capital Forum, 2015 CBD Business Forum, International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) World Conservation Congress. The session will also feature the launch of a road map for the establishment of National Business and Biodiversity Platforms in Africa. The core focus of the national platforms is to promote multi-sectoral cooperation that delivers good governance and management of natural capital.