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International community must honour aid commitments and expand partnerships for Africa’s development

Tuesday, 29 October 2013
International community must honour aid commitments and expand partnerships for Africa’s development

For African countries to continue to amass success stories towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 target date, the international community must deliver on commitments, building upon positive developments and promising prospects for economic growth, speakers said during the General Assembly’s joint debate today on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the decade to roll back malaria in developing countries, particularly on the continent.

Some 30 speakers shared their views, with many delegates from African countries emphasizing national development gains and with those from other regions highlighting partnership efforts with Africa, from building highways and pipelines to sowing investments in health and trade.  Calls for strengthened support and further cooperation in areas such as food security, fighting diseases and conflict prevention echoed throughout the debate.

“Africa had indeed witnessed a new era of momentum and the foundation for the renaissance of Africa is being laid,” said Ethiopia’s representative, speaking on behalf of the African Group.  Since its 2001 launch, NEPAD had matured into the African Union’s flagship development programme, with advances in priority areas including infrastructure, agriculture and health that had promoted stronger African ownership through creative and effective partnerships.

To achieve more, the global situation must improve, he said.  Pointing to unmet commitments resulting in the “disappointing” lack of sufficient progress on the Millennium Development Goals, he called on the international community to redouble efforts to ensure challenges were met.

Read more at: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2013/ga11444.doc.htm

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