11947645363707 (1).doc - Page 0 THE GAMBIA Check Against Delivery STATEMENT BY HER EXCELLENCY AJA DR ISATOU NJIESAIDY VICE PRESIDENT THE REPUBLIC OF THE

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Page 0 THE GAMBIA Check Against Delivery STATEMENT BY HER EXCELLENCY AJA DR. ISATOU NJIE- SAIDY VICE PRESIDENT THE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 62 ND SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY Statement by H.E. Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy Vice-President The Republic of The Gambia General Debate - 62 nd Session of the UNGA 27 th September 2007
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Page 1 NEW YORK 27 TH SEPTEMBER 2007 Mr. President , Let me at the outset congratulate you, Mr. President, on your election to the Presidency of the General Assembly, and to reassure you of The Gambia’s full support and cooperation during your tenure in office. Let me also use this opportunity to express our appreciation of the excellent manner in which the outgoing President of the General Assembly, Her Excellency Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa managed the affairs of the Assembly over the 61 st Session. My delegation would also like to use this opportunity to once more congratulate our new Secretary General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon on his assumption of his leadership of the UN. The Gambia is particularly delighted that Mr. Ban Ki-moon had the opportunity to address the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the AU during his meeting in Banjul in July 2006. His subsequent election can only be a source of pride and delight for us. We also wish to commend him for the initiative he took to convene a high-level event two days ago, on a subject that is of great concern to all nations and peoples of the world – climate change. All the salient issues surrounding this phenomenon have been brought to the fore. It is now our fervent hope that action will be taken to address them in a most timely manner. Mr. President, The mid-term review of the Millennium Declaration two years ago indicates that the Millennium Development Goals are far from being attained in most of the developing world. This notwithstanding, for us in The Gambia, our commitment to the MDGs is unwavering. The overarching policy objective of the Government, under the leadership 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 just concluded a Second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper which clearly sets out our policy framework for achieving growth and poverty reduction despite our meager Statement by H.E. Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy Vice-President The Republic of The Gambia General Debate - 62 nd Session of the UNGA 27 th September 2007
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Page 2 resources and endowments, and despite the failure of several partners to fulfill their pledges 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 the international community in support of the MDGs in poor countries have not translated into real resource flows into these countries. We therefore call on the international community to rededicate itself to the provisions of the Monterrey Consensus, and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. In this regard, my delegation welcomes the panel of eminent personalities established by the former British Prime Minister, Mr.
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