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Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Delano Franklyn on Thursday (June 30) told delegates attending the United Nations (UN) High Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York that much more needs to be done if the development agenda of the G-77 & China was to be realized within the agreed time-table.
Speaking in the context of achieving the internationally agreed development goals including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, and the challenges and opportunities that exist, Senator Franklyn urged the full UN General Assembly to maintain the momentum of the last year and in so doing, make the year 2005, the Year of Development.’
“We require renewed political will and commitment if the development agenda is to be accomplished by 2015, the implementation of the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) commitments and debt relief, the need for a coordinated effort to eliminate systemic equalities in trade, finance and technology and an inclusive process regarding decision-making,” Senator Franklyn said.
According to the State Minister, “the main challenge facing the international community has not been a lack of strategies and objectives but rather the means and will for implementation.”
He said that this year offered many opportunities for making progress and that there were already encouraging signs like the special emphasis placed on strengthening and increasing the level of South/South cooperation during the recently concluded south Summit in Doha, Qatar and the upcoming G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland this month.
Senator Franklyn who spoke on behalf of the G-77 & China, received strong support from a number of members states particularly Indonesia, whose delegate, Dr. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the Minister of National Development Planning, argued for the effective participation of developing states in the global decision-making processes.
The ECOSOC High Level Segment also heard presentations on poverty and hunger, health, partnerships and financing, human rights and institutions, education, gender equality and environmental sustainability. The segment concludes on Saturday, July 2, 2005 at the UN Headquarters, New York.