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Top UN officials commend African development partnership


16:17, October 08, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Senior UN officials including UN General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser commended on Friday the African initiative created to enhance the continent' s economic growth, development and participation in the global economy.

At an event titled "NEPAD and Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs): Progress, Challenges and the Way Forward", Al-Nasser, president of the 66th session of the 193-member General Assembly, said the initiative has contributed significantly towards the socio-economic progress made over the past decade.


"Africa has been the home of six out of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world," Al-Nasser said at a high-level event hosted by the General Assembly here to mark the 10th anniversary of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

"Africa is a growth pole and is increasingly attracting foreign direct investment. Social indicators, such as those for education and health, have significantly improved," Al-Nasser said, adding NEPAD's priorities -- poverty eradication, sustainable growth, the empowerment of women -- echo those of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.

The NEPAD initiative of the African Union (AU) was adopted in 2001, with leaders of the continent pledging to pursue new priorities and approaches for the political and socio-economic transformation of Africa. The program is intended to accelerate Africans'efforts to extricate the continent from underdevelopment and exclusion from the global economy.

Al-Nasser said NEPAD's African peer review mechanism had helped improve good governance and rule of law, thus creating an atmosphere conducive to sustainable and broad-based economic growth.

"While strengthening partnership with NEPAD, it is also important to look beyond aid. We must emphasize the need for a productive global partnership which includes mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships, as well as the protection of the global climate," he said.

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