Page 0THE GAMBIACheck Against Delivery STATEMENTBYHER EXCELLENCY AJA DR. ISATOU NJIE-SAIDYVICE PRESIDENTTHE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIAAT THEGENERAL DEBATEOF THE 62NDSESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLYStatement by H.E. Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-SaidyVice-PresidentThe Republic of The GambiaGeneral Debate - 62ndSession of the UNGA 27thSeptember 2007
Page 1NEW YORK27THSEPTEMBER 2007Mr. President,Let me at the outset congratulate you, Mr. President, on your election to thePresidency of the General Assembly, and to reassure you of The Gambia’s full supportand cooperation during your tenure in office. Let me also use this opportunity toexpress our appreciation of the excellent manner in which the outgoing President ofthe General Assembly, Her Excellency Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa managed the affairs ofthe Assembly over the 61stSession.My delegation would also like to use this opportunity to once more congratulate ournew Secretary General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon on his assumption of his leadership ofthe UN. The Gambia is particularly delighted that Mr. Ban Ki-moon had theopportunity to address the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the AUduring his meeting in Banjul in July 2006. His subsequent election can only be asource of pride and delight for us. We also wish to commend him for the initiative he took to convene a high-level eventtwo days ago, on a subject that is of great concern to all nations and peoples of theworld – climate change. All the salient issues surrounding this phenomenon havebeen brought to the fore. It is now our fervent hope that action will be taken toaddress them in a most timely manner.Mr. President,The mid-term review of the Millennium Declaration two years ago indicates that theMillennium Development Goals are far from being attained in most of the developingworld. This notwithstanding, for us in The Gambia, our commitment to the MDGs isunwavering. The overarching policy objective of the Government, under theleadership of His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia Alhaji Dr.Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, is to reduce poverty and achieve all the MDGs. We have justconcluded a Second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper which clearly sets out ourpolicy framework for achieving growth and poverty reduction despite our meagerStatement by H.E. Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-SaidyVice-PresidentThe Republic of The GambiaGeneral Debate - 62ndSession of the UNGA 27thSeptember 2007
Page 2resources and endowments, and despite the failure of several partners to fulfill theirpledges of aid, debt relief, and market access for African countries. The same mid-term reviews showed that the commitments that were made in many fora by theinternational community in support of the MDGs in poor countries have not translatedinto real resource flows into these countries. We therefore call on the internationalcommunity to rededicate itself to the provisions of the Monterrey Consensus, and theParis Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. In this regard, my delegation welcomes thepanel of eminent personalities established by the former British Prime Minister, Mr.