General Assembly: 94th Plenary Meeting, 75th Session

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28-Jul-2021 01:34:11
More help needed, delegates say, as General Assembly considers United Nations role in Africa’s anti-malaria fight, efforts for lasting peace, sustainable development.

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Africa needs more support on its path to growth, speakers said today, as the 193-member General Assembly examined efforts by the United Nations to help Africa fight malaria while pursuing durable peace and sustainable development.

Before the Assembly was the report of the Director General of the World Health Organization, titled “Consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2030” (document A/75/854). Also before it was the Secretary-General’s report “Promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa” (document A/75/917). Issuance of “The biennial report on the review of the implementation of commitments made towards Africa’s development” (document A/75/950) has been postponed to August.

Guinea’s representative, speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, emphasized that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Africa’s ability to combat malaria creates an additional challenge as the continent strives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations system must do more to help upgrade health care in Africa, he urged, also requesting that developed countries meet their commitments to devote 0.7 per cent of their respective gross domestic products (GDP) to official development assistance (ODA).

Gambia’s delegate, speaking for the African Group, said Africa has managed to deliver strong responses to the pandemic, but its efforts will be “fruitless” unless the issue of inequitable vaccine distribution is addressed. He went on to call for strengthening Africa’s capacity to produce vaccines locally, putting human capital at the centre of policy making in Africa as well as greater access to development financing.

South Africa’s representative said the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), is making impressive progress, but needs the maximum level of support to achieve its important goals. Echoing the call by the Group of 77 for the international community to meet its development commitments, he also emphasized the need to curb illicit financial flows that rob Africa of money that could otherwise fund development.

Also speaking today were representatives of the United Kingdom, India and China.

The Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 29 July, to discuss the report of the Peacebuilding Commission and take action on several draft resolutions.
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