Developed nations urged to assist developing countries

27 Sep 2015 10:20am
By Maggy Thomas
UNITED NATIONS, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has called upon developed countries to scale up their existing bilateral and multilateral official development assistance to the developing world.
He said the developed world needs to assist developing countries to meet the sustainable development goals as set out in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
“The time to demonstrate the necessary political will and leadership to holistically implement the post-2015 development agenda is now. It is our duty, as leaders, to do the right thing and address the issue of poverty eradication in order to ensure that no one is left behind,” said Geingob whilst speaking at the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
“This is the best legacy we can collectively bequeath to prosperity,” he said.
He said Namibia has declared war on poverty, adding that the global recognition that the eradication of poverty is the greatest challenge facing humanity must be effectively addressed and the Post-2015 Development Agenda must deliver on this promise.
He explained that achieving an ambitious Post-2015 Development Agenda will require an equally ambitious, comprehensive, holistic, and transformative approach with respect to the means of implementation.
“This should be supported by effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, sound policies and effective governance at all levels,” said Geingob.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have given hope to millions of people living in poverty, he stated further.
For Namibia, which championed the launch of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) process, the significance of the MDGs cannot be over-emphasised, as ample evidence exists to attest to their tangible impact.
Therefore, he said, poverty eradication must remain the central and overarching objective of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, in order to continue to transform the lives of the majority of people living in absolute poverty, and reinforce the commitment of the international community to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030.
“It is Namibia’s strong view that the Post-2015 Development Agenda is a historic opportunity to eradicate extreme poverty and lead us to a world of prosperity, sustainability, equity and dignity for all,” he stated.
The agenda is also a major transformational shift that puts sustainable development at the core of the development agenda, transforming economies to drive inclusive growth, building accountable institutions, and ensure good governance amongst others.
The United Nations summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda started on Friday.
Covering the next 15 years, the SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired this month.
The United Nations says the MDGs led to achievements such as a drop in the number of people living in extreme poverty by more than half, to 836 million, in 2015; gender parity in primary schools in the majority of countries ; a reduction in the rate of children dying before their fifth birthday by more than half since 1990; a fall of 45 per cent worldwide in maternal mortality, over 6.2 million malaria deaths being averted and 37 million lives saved by tuberculosis prevention and treatment and access to improved drinking water sources for 2.6 billion people between 1990 and 2015.