The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Lázaro Ekua Avomo, discussed the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals with the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Equatorial Guinea highlighted migration and human mobility, which have been incorporated into four of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.
Equatorial Guinea is committed to sustainable development under the country’s Horizon 20202 program. In line with the Goals, Equatorial Guinea has made great strides over the years, including 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.
Equatorial Guinea and the IOM also discussed pan-African issues. The IOM is an intergovernmental body that has existed outside the United Nations (UN) for 65 years, and includes 164 member states.