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IFRC says human security fundamental for Africa's development
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20:52, May 29, 2008

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An international humanitarian body said Thursday that ensuring human security is fundamental for Africa's development.

Poverty and economic inequity are key factors contributing to lack of human development, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which is present at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

The IFRC said that the body and its national societies in 53 countries in Africa are committed to the development of Africa and its people and share common humanitarian concerns with TICAD.

Africa's development needs to start with stocking-up of human capital and should be achieved in a sustainable way, even if serious challenges such as infectious HIV Aids, climate change, massive displacements of people remain ahead, it said.

Increasing people's resilience (to diseases and disasters) thus makes up an essential proportion of the body's work, the IFRC said.

On peace consolidation, the IFRC said that the problems of mistrust and violence following the cessation of conflict should be addressed properly, otherwise it will be extremely difficult to maintain and build peace.

And without ensuring human security at the individual level, national security can not be made sustainable, it added.

The IFRC is one of the 55 international organizations present at the three-day TICAD IV conference, which opened Wednesday in Japan' s southeastern port city of Yokohama.

Representatives from 52 African countries and 16 regional agencies from Africa also attend the quinquennial event, which opened Wednesday in Japan's southeastern port city of Yokohama under the theme "Toward a Vibrant Africa: A continent of Hope and Opportunity."

Source: Xinhua

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