The range of proposals from our country were presented on the morning of 29th January by the Third Deputy Permanent Representative on the Security Council, Amparo Mele Colifa, during the start of the work of the 56th Forum for Economic and Social Development, at the headquarters of the United Nations, in New York.
Representing the Ambassador Permanent Representative of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea before the UN, Anatolio Ndong Mba, Amparo Mele Coifa first congratulated the president of the forum in the name of the African Group, for the excellent way the work of the 56th period of sessions of the Social Development Commission is being conducted, reaffirming continental security in the sense that the deliberations will provide a successful result under his leadership.
The Third Deputy Ambassador also extended thanks from the group to the General Secretary, for his report in relation to this matter within the programme, “Poverty, as the foundation of all evil, contributes towards illness, malnutrition, weak economic growth, human trafficking and the consumption of drugs, among others”, and these are a threat to success and prosperity.
Eradicating these threats is the general aim of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, an inter-dependent foundation which is mutually strengthened by the Copenhagen Declaration, as she recalled.
She also pointed out that, despite multiple international commitments to eradicating poverty, the African Group is deeply concerned because of the one thousand one hundred million people that have left extreme poverty behind, the rhythm of reduction in poverty in the sub-Saharan area continues to be slow, as, according to surveys, 390.2 million Africans still live in extreme poverty, mainly as a result of wars and civil disturbances which affect economies on the continent.
Despite the various challenges which have emerged regarding this specific concern, it is worth pointing out the firm commitment of the Governments of Africa, who are assuming the responsibility for eradication this situation more and more, with firm action in various sectors, in order to achieve the sustainable development goals”,stressed Mele Colifa.
Furthermore, she reiterated the need for both the States and the international community to intensify their efforts in order to apply the Copenhagen Declaration, in order to achieve significant social development.
The spokesperson for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, as a country that has the Presidency of the African Group in the month of January, concluded by declaring that the continent is convinced that industrialisation is the most viable route towards the creation of employment, economic growth, and the structural transformation of the economy.
Finally, she confirmed that Africa remained committed to and was taking part in efforts at social development, and placed special emphasis on NEPAD (New Alliance for the Development of Africa), as an initiative promoting elements of social and economic development on the continent.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea