Geingob addresses UNGA general debate

26 Sep 2018 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia wishes to benefit from the United Nations’ Technology Bank to enable it to timeously identify the location of drought and flood areas, President Hage Geingob has said.
He was speaking during the general debate of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
In his statement availed to Nampa, Geingob said as a dry and arid country often affected by seasonal droughts and floods, Namibia has stepped up its efforts to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in critical areas such as energy, water and terrestrial ecosystems.
“In this respect, Namibia wishes to benefit from the assistance rendered through the Technology Bank established on 04 June 2018 in Istanbul, to enable the timeous identification of spatial locations of drought and flood areas,” he said.
The Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries is the instrument for the least developed countries to promote their full integration into the world economy, promote social progress and build resilience through science, technology and innovation.
Geingob further said Namibia recognises that there are existing and emerging threats and challenges that continue to frustrate the country’s individual and collective efforts to achieve greater economic development and social progress.
He added that while the country has seen sustained economic growth over much of the last 10 years, its level of unemployment remains high, despite fast reductions in such levels from 28,8 per cent to 17,4 per cent.
He added that Namibia’s classification as an upper-middle income nation negatively impacts its taxonomy as it prevents the country from accessing global development assistance and affordable and concessional finance.
“The situation has the potential to jeopardise efforts in Namibia and other developing countries to fully achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Geingob said.
He further said communicable diseases threaten to jeopardise the attainment of the agenda.
“For that reason, Namibia endorses the call to end Tuberculosis endemic and reaffirms her commitment to unite with the world in achieving this goal,” Geingob said.
He added that with a population of approximately 2.5 million people, Namibia ranks the ninth highest affected by TB, which is one of the top three causes of hospitalisation.
Geingob said the Namibian Government has demonstrated its commitment to address TB by including related targets in the fifth National Development Plan and also by ensuring that 70 per cent of available funding for TB comes from domestic resources.
He further called for the enhancement of cooperation to curb illicit financial flows, tax evasion and avoidance and corruption through the strict implementation of available international instruments.