Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Reiterates Commitment in Fight Against Climate Change, Leads Dialogue on Importance of Green Climate Fund

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea this week reiterated its commitment to fight against climate change and led the dialogue on the importance of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) during a session of the Development Bank of the Central African States (BDEAC).

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the socioeconomic perils of climate change, including its propensity to increase global inequality.

Equatorial Guinea also called for further technical and financial means for the BDEAC in order to fully adopt its role as the institution financing development in the importance space of climate change.

The BDEAC is a multilateral development bank that is charged with financing the development of the member states of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).

Equatorial Guinea is strongly committed to sustainable development. Equatorial Guinea has highlighted the importance of forest conservation and the environment as part of the creation and implementation of its sustainable economic development model for the reduction of poverty.

In addition to the fight against climate change, Equatorial Guinea works closely with numerous international organizations on a number of development projects, including the eradication of hunger in Africa by 2025, in line with the country’s Sustainable Development Goals under the Horizon 2020 program.

Equatorial Guinea Promotes Youth at United Nations

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea this week ratified its commitment to promote policies favoring youth during a special session of the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of inter-generational dialogue and that the youth constitute an indispensable faction in the culture of worldwide peace.

Equatorial Guinea has long led Africa and the world in promoting youth for peace and security. Equatorial Guinea held the first National Youth Conference in 2010, by which the country adopted a number of national policies to facilitate political, economic, social, and cultural rights for young people.

Policies included study grant systems at national and international levels, access to appropriate housing, and initiatives to create employment, in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 sustainable development plan.

Equatorial Guinea is active at the UN and, as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, has called for a peaceful resolution to the Yemen conflict, mechanisms for peace in the Middle East, and protection of vital infrastructures against terrorist attacks, among many other issues.

Equatorial Guinea is committed to peaceful and sustainable development in the world. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Calls for End to Maternal Mortality and Gender Violence

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, MarĂ­a Consuelo Nguema Owana, called for an end to maternal mortality rates and gender violence at a meeting with the Representative for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Equatorial Guinea and the UNFPA discussed strengthening existing and implanting new programs to support and empower women, children, and teenagers.

The Minister praised the initiatives of the programs, and highlighted the importance of continuing work in these areas.

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals in the country’s Horizon 2020 program, Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years. Initiatives include major reductions in the risk of maternal and infant mortality; free health service and drugs for youth and the elderly; the development of agriculture and hydrocarbons to create more jobs; the implementation of progressive gender equality policies; and electricity and sanitation for all citizens.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women is one of Equatorial Guinea’s top priorities as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Equatorial Guinea is also focused on negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; negotiations and dialogues on the reform of the Security Council; active participation in strategies to combat terrorism, illegal human trafficking, drug trafficking, organized and cross-border crime, endemic diseases and pandemics, extremism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and corruption; active defense of human rights; active participation in mitigating catastrophic effects of climate change; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.