Meles on Commission for Africa's role in poverty war

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The British-backed Commission for Africa could provide the impetus needed to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger from the continent, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Tuesday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.
The CFA was launched in February in London by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to take an independent look at Africa's challenges and to generate action in response to them.
Meles, one of the nine African commissioners on the 17-member grouping, in his address to a major African seminar on hunger in the sidelines of the ongoing African Union summit, said the CFA would help drive forward the global partnership in the quest towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger in the African continent.
The Ethiopian leader was speaking in the wake of the realisation that Africa might not be able to achieve the MDGs by 2015 as spelled out by the UN.
Some of the MDGs will be reviewed next year.
"There is a real possibility for making real progress in strengthening global partnership for meeting the Hunger MDG in Africa, including through the contribution that could be made by the recently established Commission for Africa," Meles said.
   He said given that Britain will be at the helm of both the G8 and the EU in 2005, this could present a good opportunity for galvanising global solidarity for development as well as the fight against poverty.
"What the Commission for Africa can do could come in handy in this regard, and could facilitate enhanced global partnership for meeting the Hunger MDG in Africa (and as) consistent with the principles and objectives of NEPAD," he added.
On her part, CFA commissioner and UN Habitat executive director Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, told the seminar that the Commission would help persuade the international community to honour its commitments to Africa.
She added: "I am on the Commission because I think it will be an opportunity for Tony Blair to get his G8 colleagues to honour their commitments.
It will be very difficult for this continent to overcome the constraints that face it without this support.

06 july 2004 11:33:00

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