By Hilary Mare
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has advised his fellow UN counterparts to create a culture of connectedness in order to pull in the same direction in a Harambee spirit.
Addressing delegates at a side event on regionalism and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development in New York last week, Geingob encouraged the concept of taking responsibility towards Vision 2030 and effectively dealing away with passing the buck syndrome.
“The successful implementation of Agenda 2030 will require robust global partnerships and regional cooperation that is crucial to the removal of barriers, which include amongst others, trans-boundary issues such as trade, shared natural resources and environmental challenges. Given the developmental challenges faced by Africa, especially in light of the effects of climate change, there is a need to consolidate regional resources that may be used for the production of energy and the development of new infrastructure in order to sustain the requisite economic growth levels.
“It is a fact that the implementation of the two agendas will not be successful without strong institutions and an effective follow-up system. This means we need to create a culture of connection amongst ourselves, we need to pull in the same direction in a Harambee spirit. We also need to get rid of what can be termed as passing the buck syndrome. Let us all take ownership of these agendas and adopt a collective responsibility towards ensuring their complete and successful implementation,” he said.
To support this, Geingob further challenged the developed world to ensure that reasonable funding is provided to African countries and other developing nations of the world to assist them to implement these agendas.
“I always refer to the fact that after World War 2, the Marshall Plan was put into effect to aid the economic recovery and growth of Western Europe. However, there is no such plan for Africa, a continent that has experienced hundreds of years of exploitation at the expense of our people.
“It has been noted that Official Development Aid (ODA) to Africa shows a downward trend, with most donor countries not fulfilling their commitments to provide 0.7 percent of their gross national income in the ODA to developing countries. Of Particular concern is the fact that the share of the total of the ODA received by Africa’s least developed countries has sharply declined.
“We cannot afford to adopt a passive approach to development. We all need to be actively involved in the process of ensuring that Africa meets its developmental targets and aspirations. Sustainable development is not an exclusive domain of a particular ministry, office, agency or organisation. It should involve all sections of Government, with a focus on social as well as economic development. Let us therefore all join hands in ensuring that we make a commitment to plan effectively for the realisation of a better future for the citizens of our continent,” he added
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