Statement by Mr. Mohammad Wali Naeemi
Counselor, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations
At the General Debate of the Second Committee
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me like others before me, congratulate you and members of the bureau on your election as chair of this committee and we look forward to working on crucially important agenda of the committee during the 63rd Session of the General Assembly.
Afghanistan associates itself with the statement delivered by Antigua and Barbuda on behalf the g77 and China as well as the statement made by Bangladesh on behalf of the LDC group.
Let me also extend my appreciation to the keynote speakers of the opening session of the second committee, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of her incisive remarks regarding consequences of delayed actions in addressing climate changes and current financial crisis, Mr. Sha Zukang Under Secretary-General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of his comprehensive and comprehensive analysis of the global economic trends and prospects, as well as Professor Ricardo Hausmann’s informative presentation on importance of growth and its linkages.
At the opening session of the committee many concerns have been raised by many delegates over shortfalls in MDGs, current financial crisis, drastic increase of food costs, and their impacts on LDCs, LLDCs and Post Conflict Countries. These current risen problems pose additional challenges for developing countries, specifically Least Developing and Post-conflict Countries. This crisis reinforces the case for decisive efforts to unleash the latent economic potential of the developing countries. The generation of economic growth in the developing countries will induce further growth and prosperity in the global market, therefore the partnership for development indeed has reciprocal remuneration.
The challenges we face today are complex and daunting. The situation, clearly calls on intensifying our efforts to further highlight the inextricable linkages between security and development. We strongly believe that security and development are interdependent which necessitates sheer attention at the global, regional and sub regional levels.
The UN should take the lead in advancing the pervasive development agenda and promote a genuine and enhanced global partnership for development.
As we see, the United Nations has a three dimensional role in the promotion of economic and social development: (1) policy formulation and negotiation of international norms, agreements, goals and commitments; (2) development cooperation to facilitate the realization of the policy goals and commitments; and (3) monitoring the implementation of these commitments. These internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, have been well identified and their achievements can be readily monitored and pursued further.
Today, further analysis and policy formulation is required in at least seven important areas: finance, trade, technology, energy, climate change, food crisis and global economic growth. We need to strengthen the machinery for the monitoring and implementation of the MDGs and the IADGs.
If appropriately developed, the two mechanisms can usefully contribute to monitoring the implementation of the Internationally Agreed Development Goals, including MDGs. We expect that the developed countries will also inform us about progress on their MDGs strategies, particularly on MDG 8, (partnership). It would help us to understand how far their policies are in conformity with the guidelines of aid effectiveness as well as status of implementation of the commitments undertaken under the IADGs, including MDGs.
In advancing the global agenda, the international community will also have to be particularly mindful of the special needs and challenges faced by Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the countries emerging from conflict. The international community and the UN should address in a coherent manner the national development plans and strategies of the developing countries.
In conclusion, the international community has long been aware of the specific problems and needs of the LDCs, LLDCs and Post-conflict Countries. However what is lacking is a inductive global response to ameliorate the conditions. Concerted global efforts with a sense of genuine partnership can make a sea-change. We are calling for materialization of such partnership.
I thank you Mr. President.