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Rich states should transfer resources to poor countries for development, says Mbeki

Posted by African Press International on September 28, 2007

Pretoria (South Africa) Massive resource transfers to poor countries from the rich states were needed if the world wants to attain its Millennium Developmental Goals (MDGs), South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is in New York City attending the UN General Assembly, has said.

Addressing the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly this week, Mbeki said that there was an urgent need for massive resource transfers from the rich states to poor countries – through development assistance, investment, trade, technology and human resources.

\”As we all accept, central to the attainment of MDGs (Millennium Developmental Goals) globally, is the critical matter of resource transfers from the rich countries of the North to poor countries of the South,\” Mbeki said.

He added, \”Many developing countries, especially those from my own continent, Africa, do not have the material base from which to address and attain the MDGs on their own.\”

Mbeki, who said he believed South Africa would attain its MDGs, urged the richer countries to enter into partnerships with African countries using the African Union\s programme of NEPAD (New Partnerships for Africas Development).

Working together through NEPAD would strengthen the measures the continent already took with limited resources, through international community-guided programmes of the UN which has adopted NEPAD, he said.

Referring to the resource transfers in the aftermath of the World War II which helped Western Europe recover from the destruction, Mbeki asked the question why there was an absence of the same resolve to assist poor nations today.

He said a similar intervention helped a number of Asian countries onto their own development trajectory.

Turning to the world body, the president also said the UN had not yet transformed itself or \”designed the necessary institutions of governance consistent with the noble ideals that drive modern democratic societies.\”

The reason for this was that the world was defined by the dominant and the dominated, said Mbeki.

\”The dominant have also become the decision makers in the important global forums, including at this seat of global governance, he said.

\”Accordingly, the skewed distribution of power in the world – political, economic, military, technological and social – replicates itself in multilateral institutions, much to the disadvantage of the majority of the poor people of the world.\”

Mbeki said although the UN correctly identified problems and made solutions that would make the world a better place for all, it was guided by the interests of the rich.

Until ideals of freedom, justice and equality characterised by the UN are adhered to, rich nations would forever dictate to the \”dominated and the interests of the dominated, which are those of the majority of humanity, would be deferred in perpetuity,\” he said.

Mbeki urged the world\s nations to let actions speak louder than words and to stop making \”declaration after declaration against poverty and underdevelopment\” without meaning it.

Published by Korir, API*APN source.apa

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