Annan optimistic Africa can reach MDGs by 2015

  Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African countries can achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 if the "long-promised global partnership is truly mobilised," UN secretary general Kofi Annan told African leaders at the onset of their 4-5 July summit in this Libyan city.
   "No new promises are needed to make this happen - just follow- through on existing ones," Annan told the opening session of the summit, which will also review Africa's status in reaching the MDGs launched five years ago.
   "What we need in September (at the World Summit in New York) are true breakthroughs on aid, debt and trade.
We also need strong support for 'quick wins' in vital areas such as malaria control and education," he said.
   Annan noted the "unprecedented" global convergence around the MDGs and the "growing" recognition that developing countries must be empowered to pursue national strategies ambitious enough to reach the goals.
   He said the focus on Africa at this week's "pivotal" G8 summit was "very welcome", but pointed out that "it is the World Summit (hosted by the UN in New York) in two month's time that holds the greatest promise.
"   According to him, that summit was expected to be the largest gathering of world leaders in history, "a once-in-a-generation opportunity" for the world to come together and take action on grave global threats that require bold global solutions.
   The UN boss said it was in Africa that many of the problems the summit will address are most acute, adding: "Our continent, more than any other, suffers from the fact that the multilateral system is not living up to its potential.
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04 july 2005 15:34:00




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