Post -2015 development agenda should be people-centred: Namibia

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Hifikepunye Pohamba

Namibia believes that the post-2015 Development Agenda should be people-centered and inclusive, with a focus on the provision of health care, education, food security and nutrition, energy, potable water, gender equality and the empowerment of women, the youth and people with disabilities.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba told the UN General Assembly that while developing countries have made commendable advances in the areas of social and economic development, many challenges remain. He said Namibia, holds the view that the post-2015 Development Agenda should take into account the valid concerns and challenges faced by middle-income countries, such as access to grants and concessional funding for developmental purposes.

“The post-2015 Development Agenda should also embrace the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms, the rule of law, and the maintenance of international peace and security. I wish to emphasize that sustainable development requires adequate and predictable financing at local and international levels. “

President Pohamba said Namibia is concerned about conflict situations and growing instability in many parts of the world. He welcomed the signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region. He also commended the efforts of the Intervention Brigade to restore peace in eastern DRC and called upon the international community to extend its full support for the success of this important mission.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’30″

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