CHAPTER IV: SOCIAL ISSUES
The Ministers reiterated their strong support for the promotion of the social development agenda, meaning the urgent eradication of poverty through inter-alia, enhanced international co-operation and solidarity, the amelioration of social conditions, the enhancement of the standards of living, as well as, the protection of the environment, in order to ensure that the twenty-first century becomes the century of development for all. In this connection, they emphasised the importance of dialogue on strengthening international co-operation and partnership based on the mutuality of interests and benefits, common but differentiated responsibilities and genuine interdependence.
The Ministers further reiterated their commitment to the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action which recommended actions to create, in a framework of sustained economic growth and sustainable development, a national and international environment favourable to social development, eradicating poverty, enhancing productive employment, achieving full employment and fostering social integration. The Ministers committed the Movement to the outcome of the 24 Special Session of the General Assembly, entitled “World Summit for Social Development and beyond: achieving social development for all in a globalising world”, held in Geneva, 26 June-1 July 2000, which constituted the basic framework for the promotion of social development for all at the national and international levels. They underlined the significance of the forthcoming forty-third session of the Commission for Social Development, 9-18 February 2005, which will mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action and welcomed the decision to convene a high-level plenary meeting during the forty-third session. th
The Ministers reaffirmed the importance of health as indispensable for sustainable development, and in this regard, they remained deeply concerned that HIV/AIDS,
tuberculosis, malaria and achievement of economic Ministers remain concerned
other communicable diseases continue to threaten the
the scourge of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and encourage
the continued engagement by the international community in by the General Assembly High-Level Plenary meetings held New York. They reiterated the need for greater international
this matter, as manifested on 22 September 2003 in co-operation and the flow
of assistance, in particular from and in this regard, welcomed
the developed countries in the fight against the successful outcome of the Fifteenth
the pandemic International
Conference on HIV/AIDS held in Bangkok, Thailand on 11 – Ministers welcomed the Kathmandu Declaration adopted by the
16 July 2004. The Ministerial Regional
held from 3-4 February 2003 in Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and
Kathmandu, Nepal, in co-operation with United Nations UNAIDS. They welcomed the Doha Declaration on the
TRIPS Agreement and should be interpreted particular, to promote
Public Health which clearly in a manner supportive of access to medicine for all.
recognised that the TRIPS Agreement the right to protect public health, in They reiterated the need for greater
in the fight
and flow of pandemic,
assistance, the need
in particular from developed countries, for according priority to multilateral
approaches and also for directing adequate resources to augmentation and urgent disbursement to all countries in need.