Africa can play a critical role in defining Sustainable Development Goals: PGA

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Vuk Jeremić

African countries, which collectively represent the largest coherent voting bloc in the General Assembly, can play a critical role in defining the Sustainable Development Goals – a central pillar of the post-2015 agenda.

That's what the President of the General Assembly Vuk Jeremić said in a statement to the African Union Executive Council Summit in Addis Ababa.

He said that as President of the General Assembly, he would closely engage with all UN Member States to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals process becomes the world's top priority.

Mr. Jeremic said he believes that bridging the gap between the promise of Africa and the reality on the ground in many parts of the Continent should be a strategic task for the entire United Nations system.

He said further strengthening the UN's engagement with NEPAD, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, for instance, is critical.

And he would work hard to ensure the General Assembly continues to play an active role in supporting the initiatives and programmes of all African-owned and African-led processes. 

According to Mr. Jeremic, the Continent's priorities should be the UN's priorities—starting with fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals.

He said this must remain at the core of our shared vision for the future of Africa. 

And he noted that the establishment of enduring peace is an important prerequisite to meeting the singular development needs of Africa.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1' 17"

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