We must prioritise sustainable economic growth beyond 2015: Australia

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Julie Bishop

We need to finish the job on the Millennium Development Goals, the Foreign Minister of Australia Ms. Julie Bishop told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday.

She said beyond 2015, we must prioritise sustainable economic growth in the global development framework.

She stressed that we should also provide the opportunity for all people, including people with a disability, to lead healthy and productive lives, leaving no one behind.

“We must support women’s economic participation and empowerment. The future of peace will be built on economic prosperity. Aid is an important part of delivering sustainable economic growth around the world. It plays a significant role in supporting economic reforms and good governance, promoting the rule of law, and building the productive capacity of trade related sectors. But it is the effectiveness of aid delivery that matters. For example, infrastructure deficiencies that prevent developing economies from fully engaging in the global markets need to be overcome.”

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop noted that estimates of infrastructure financing needs, including for the roads and ports required to facilitate trade, dwarf global aid.

She said Australia firmly believes that the economic growth of developing countries can be unlocked through trade.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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