Poverty eradication should be focus of UN development work: Derek O'Brien
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India has said that poverty eradication should be the focus of the United Nations operational activities for development, which must have the ability to respond and adapt to the evolving environment and expectations of individual countries.
For UN development system to be successful globally it needs to be firmly rooted in its core focus area, which has primarily to be development related only, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien, who is part of a visiting delegation of Indian Parliamentarians, said.
Noting that poverty eradication still remains the over- riding priority for developing countries and the greatest global challenge, O'Brien said India believes poverty eradication should be at the heart of UN's operational activities for development.
"In Bengal, the region of India I come from, we call this humanistic philosophy one of 'Ma, Maati and Manush' – signifying an equilibrium of the universally caring Mother, the Earth that nurtures us and the Human Beings who must be central to our developmental endeavours," he said in his address on Operational activities for Development in the Second Committee session here yesterday.
O'Brien said the development operational activities of the UN system must have the ability to respond and adapt to the evolving environment and expectations of individual countries, stressing that the programming activities need to be harmonised with the budgetary and planning cycles of recipient governments.
Amid the global economic slowdown, financing for development has been increasingly coming under acute pressure and requirement of enhanced development assistance is all the more critical when developing countries are faced with curtailed capital flows, economic slowdown and increased programming requirements, he said.
"These needs must be met by efforts to promote investment and trade that is pro-development and by facilitating transfer of and access to advanced technologies by developing countries, and by expanded and innovative financing of development activities," he said.
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