Concluding its fifty-fifth session on 10 February 2017, the Commission for Social Development approved without a vote three draft resolutions for adoption by the Economic and Social Council that addressed issues of African development, youth and the rights of persons with disabilities.
Among the three texts approved today was one on the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (document E/CN.5/2017/L.5), which would have the Council welcome progress by African Governments to implement the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, notably by deepening democracy, human rights, good governance and sound economic management.
It would, however, emphasize that “increasingly unacceptable” poverty, inequality and social exclusion in most African countries required comprehensive social and economic policies.
The Council would encourage African countries to prioritize structural transformation, modernize smallholder agriculture, add value to primary commodities and improve public and private governance institutions.
Introducing the draft on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, Ecuador’s representative said the text contained updated language from the previous year, which unfortunately had been put to a vote for approval. The current text highlighted the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as Agenda 2063 adopted by the African Union.
In a general statement before action, the United States’ delegate said it would join consensus, recognizing the importance of the issue for its development partners. He noted the United States’ longstanding concern about the concept of the right to development, which had no agreed international meaning, as well as the text’s use of the term “equitable” in multiple contexts. He looked forward to making progress on similar texts in the future.
South Africa’s representative expressed gratitude to Member States for their constructive engagement. Achieving social development required improved marked access, and increased foreign direct investment, technology transfer and debt relief, she emphasized.
Source: UN DPI