Thank you, Distinguished co-facilitators, for allowing me to make some preliminary remarks on this paper. I join others in commending you for your tireless efforts in facilitating this exercise. While endorsing the positions of the G77 and China and of the African Group, I have 5 more points of views where we believe this position paper can be further improved.
We are of the view that in a human-centered agenda, poverty eradication in all its multidimensional forms should be central as the overarching objective of the Post-2015 development agenda within this Declaration. This targets primarily vulnerable people including persons with disabilities who can benefit from social protection while others are afforded the opportunity to become active and resilient productive citizens, with decent and gainful employment.
On Para 2, cognizant of the substantive work achieved by the MDGs, it is important to carry over the unfinished business in order to tackle the transition from MDGs to SDGs, bearing in mind lessons learned and what should not be replicated, account taken on gaps encountered in achieving MDG 8.
On Para 3, for developing countries to implement the Post 2015 development agenda, adequate Means of Implementation should be provided. In this era of high tech, Enhancing transfer of technology, strengthening capacity building, innovating and finding solutions to current problems as well as making breakthroughs in science and ICTs would be crucial in leapfrogging some stages of development with a view to strengthening national institutions for an effective implementation of the Post 2015 development agenda.
We attach great importance to the state sovereignty in the decision-making to deliver this agenda as the State holds the primary responsibility to the people. In our approach, we recognize ourselves in our national values as the guiding principles that shape our lives and define who we are as a people. In this respect, history, circumstances encountered in life, national and cultural heritage; etc. determine our priorities.
To achieve that, we opted to empower our people in shaping their own destiny. Therefore, it would be paramount to recognize and reflect this concept in the Declaration, highlighting the importance of respecting national ownership and of developing a national policy framework. Providing budget resources in line with national goals as well as enforcing accountability measures to monitor progress and delivery on programs can contribute to ensuring that no one is left behind.
Distinguished co-facilitators; another key area of development which cannot be overlooked is; achieving Gender Equality. It goes without saying that no progress can be reached when one half of the population is left in the margins of decision-making. We need to foster inclusive growth by empowering women to enable their participation at all levels of development. This important area should be provided for in the Declaration to promote gender equality and remove structural barriers that stand in the way of women and girls so as to enable them to enjoy their full social and economic wellbeing.
Finally, Distinguished Co-facilitators, another area we believe should be reflected in the Declaration is the opportunity to generate growth through infrastructure development. Addressing that imperative would enable developing countries, Africa in particular, often referred to as the “dark continent” with its brilliant minds, great potential and massive natural resources to generate renewable energy and enhance its development through sustainable industrialization while ensuring the protection and preservation of our precious planet
I thank you