Jonathan wants poverty eradication, energy in development agenda
To address the shortcomings of the present Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) programme, President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday called for inclusion of poverty eradication, access to sustainable energy, infrastructural development, population demographics and governance in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Summit on the MDGs and Post-2015 Development Agenda in Abuja, said that the factors are essential for development of nations across the globe.
According to him, the upcoming framework must finish the unfinished business of the current MDGs.
He said: “In summary, for the Post-2015 Development Agenda to have the necessary impact on the development trajectory of nations across the world, the new set of goals needs to tackle the issues that were not addressed under the current framework, with poverty eradication, access to sustainable energy, infrastructural development, population demographics and governance at the center.
“It must be understood that these areas are crucial to the process and cannot be left out. The new framework must finish the current business of the MDGs. If the current framework was the so-called 'floor' for development aspirations on which we set more ambitious and contextually appropriate policy aims, then the new framework must consider the most fundamental problems facing the least developed societies in the world.
“It must tackle those problems first. The formulation process needs to continue to be inclusive so that development realities and not academic conjectures are tackled. This inclusion has the added benefit of increasing community buy-in across the world.
“Being cognizant of these, I assure you of government's commitment to consider the outcomes of this Summit. I wait eagerly for the output documents.”
He noted that the MDGs framework has helped to focus international and local attention on improving the lives of those most vulnerable in society.