Saturday, September 26, 2015

Equatorial Guinea Reaches Millennium Development Goals, Says Second Vice President

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue Shares Country’s Success at UN Sustainable Development Summit
Equatorial Guinea has made significant strides toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the country’s National Plan for Economic and Social Development, Horizon 2020, established in 2007, said Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Head of Defense and State Security, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, held at the UN from September 25-27.

Obiang Mangue said the country has invested in programs to strengthen human capital and improve the quality of life of citizens.

“The National Plan for Economic and Social Development, like the Sustainable Development Goals, focuses on the construction of infrastructure to improve productivity, accelerate diversification and economic growth, and implement governance that will ensure the representation and participation of citizens, among other things,” he said.

The successful implementation of the first phase of the National Plan for Economic and Social Development has allowed Equatorial Guinea to achieve significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

“Equatorial Guinea has reduced the number of people living below the poverty line by more than 50 percent, improved education access for children, extended the literacy rate of women to 96 percent, reduced child mortality by more than 50 percent and maternal mortality by 81 percent, improved health services infrastructure and accessibility, reduced malaria in the country and developed awareness campaigns to communicate the dangers of HIV/AIDS, as well as free access to treatment, improved nature conservation and environmental sanitation, and improved public finances translated into increased exports.”

The report on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Equatorial Guinea has been delivered to this high-level conference for consideration.

Vice President Obiang Mangue said, “Upon completion of the period for meeting the Millennium Development Goals,  based on the fight against poverty it is clear that there is a need to design a new global development strategy that includes the current and future concerns of humanity such as climate change, sustainable consumption, innovation and the importance of peace and justice for all.”

During his closing remarks, he reiterated the commitment of the government and people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that they have recently adopted.