by José Enzeñ Obiang
On behalf of the Ambassador Permanent Representative of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to the UN, Anatolio Ndong Mba, Amparo Mele Colifa first congratulated the President of the Forum on behalf of the African Group, for the excellent manner with which he said at the start, conducts the work of the 56th session of the Commission for Social Development, reaffirming continental security in the sense that the deliberations will result in a successful conclusion under his leadership.
In addition to the statement made by the Delegation of Egypt on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, the Third Deputy Ambassador also extended the group's thanks to the Secretary-General for his report under this agenda item.
"Poverty, being the basis of all evils, contributes to disease, malnutrition, weak economic growth, human trafficking and drug consumption, among others," said the Equato-Guinean diplomat. Ensuring in another moment of his speech that it is a threat to success and prosperity. So eradicating it, he continued, is the overarching goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a basic inter-dependent pillar, mutually reinforcing the Copenhagen Declaration.
A similarly pointed out that despite the many international commitments to eradicate poverty, the African Group is deeply concerned that of the one thousand one hundred million people who came out of extreme poverty, the pace of poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa continues being slow; As the surveys reveal, 390.2 million Africans still live in extreme poverty, mainly because of the wars and civil disturbances that affect the economies of the continent.
"Despite several challenges that have been presented around this particular concern, it is worth noting the firm commitment of the Governments of Africa, who are increasingly taking responsibility for eradicating the situation, with solid actions in various sectors, with in order to achieve the objectives of Sustainable Development ", has qualified Mele Colifa.
Having reiterated the need for both States and the International Community to intensify their efforts to implement the Copenhagen Declaration in the context of the Development Agenda, all in order to achieve meaningful social development, the voice of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea , as the country that has held the presidency of the African group in January, has closed the intervention stating that the continent is convinced that, aware of industrialization as the most viable way to generate employment, economic growth and structural transformation of its economy, Africa remains committed and participating in social development efforts, priorities of national development plans and policies. With special emphasis on NEPAD as an initiative that drives the elements of social and economic development in Africa.
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