Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah said this during the UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development agenda held late last month in New York.
“For Namibia, being one of those who championed the launch of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) process, the significance of the MDGs cannot be overemphasized, as ample evidence exists to attest to their tangible impact,” she said.
“Poverty eradication must remain the central and overarching objective of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, in order to continue to transform the lives of the majority of people living in absolute poverty and reinforce the commitment of the international community to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030,” she added.
In her address she said it is Namibia’s strong view that the 2015 Development Agenda is a historic opportunity to eradicate extreme poverty and lead the country to a world of prosperity, sustainability, equity and dignity for all.
“The agenda is also a major transformational shift that puts sustainable development at the core of the development agenda, transforming economies to drive inclusive growth, building accountable institutions, ensure good governance and peaceful societies, and forges a new global partnership based on cooperation, equity and human rights,” she added.
“As a member of the African Union, Namibia is convinced that the implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063 will complement realization of the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” she said.
According to Nandi-Ndaitwah additional financial resources, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Official Development Assistance (ODA), public and private finance, remain important sources of financing for poverty eradication and development.
Nandi-Ndaitwah called upon developed countries to meet and scale-up their existing bilateral and multilateral official development assistance commitments to assist developments.
Meanwhile, later this year in December we will convene in Paris for COP 21 to adopt a legally binding agreement that will give hope to our aspirations to address the challenges posed by climate change, for this generation and those to come.