Redouble efforts to eradicate poverty: finance minister

Conference: If the sustainable development goal of the new era is to be achieved, countries around the world as well as international institutions need to redouble efforts, particularly in assisting least developed countries, finance minister Namgay Dorji said.

Lyonpo Namgay Dorji called on the global community at the general debate of the Third International Conference for Financing for Development held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Highlighting the developmental challenges faced by countries like Bhutan, Lyonpo appealed to the world to work together to eradicate poverty by the next decade. He also participated in the round table meeting themed, ‘ensure policy coherence and an enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development.’

At the conference opened by the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was elected as the president of the conference.

The UN secretary general called for an ambitious and universally inclusive financing framework to implement the sustainable development goals. He also highlighted the need for a social compact for greater social protection and a package for least developed countries.

The conference, which began on July 13 ends today with the adoption of an agenda and is expected to support the implementation of the Post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals.

 

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