The goal of the declaration is also to demonstrate how African nations and their investment partners understand, manage and value natural capital, and to come up with a practical results-focused approach that would put African nations in the driving seat of sustainable economic growth.
The declaration was implemented during the 2012 Summit for Sustainability in Africa held in Botswana.
Speaking yesterday at the official opening of the two-day conference in Gaborone for Sustainability in Africa, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Wildlife and Tourism Jimmy Opelo said the presence of the private sector and non-governmental organisations, both as partners and observers, demonstrates a willingness for partnership of various levels and magnitude in undertaking initiatives for sustainability in Africa.
He explained that he had no doubt that all countries present, including Liberia, Mozambique, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana, were ready to actualise the dream of sustainability set by the heads of states last year.
Opelo said the purpose for the GDSA 2013 was to solidify the GDSA initiative by reconvening signatory countries and key partners in sharing progress and advancements in formalising the pathway forward leading to active implementation of sustainable growth across Africa.
The declaration, which has three major action plans, is also intended to focus on building social capital and reducing poverty by transmitting agriculture, extractive industries and other natural capital uses to practices that promote sustainable employment, food security, sustainable energy and the protection of natural capital through protected areas and mechanisms.
The participating countries also have to build the knowledge, data, capacity and policy networks to promote leadership and new models in the field of sustainable development, and to increase momentum for positive change.
The conference continues today with a presentation on a framework to implement the Gaborone Declaration.