Africa’s agenda for shared prosperity peace and partnership

19Jul 2016
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The Guardian
Africa’s agenda for shared prosperity peace and partnership

FOREIGN Affairs Ministers from the 54-member states making the African Union (AU) concluded their 29th meeting here on Monday with emphasis on peace and security towards attaining economic growth to uplift the welfare of citizens in the continent.

Tanzania is being represented by Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan who arrived on Saturday to represent President John Magufuli at the 27th AU Heads of State and Government Summit which kicked-off yesterday.

The Foreign Affairs Ministers' meeting, highlighted the importance of peace and security to achieve the target of empowering the people economically.

It is important that the Foreign Affairs Ministers spearheaded the implementation of various resolutions passed by the summit to fast track development in the continent. stressed.

At he same time the AU should also call for urgent solutions for unending conflicts in Africa which are posing a threat to the safety of people and their property as well as forcing some of them into seeking refuge in other countries and eventually holding back development in the continent.

It is AU obligation to work towards fulfillment of the declaration for the betterment of the current and future generations in Africa.

As the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon puts it:
"The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity. Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development... It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms. An agenda for the planet, our common home. An agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership."

And that is why each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”

Sustainability addresses the fundamental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict.

Sustainable development contributes decisively to dissipation and elimination of these causes of conflict and provides the foundation for a lasting peace.

Peace, meanwhile, reinforces the conditions for sustainable development and liberates the resources needed for societies to develop and prosper.

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