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CHAPTER IV: SOCIAL ISSUES

Social Development

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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.

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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

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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

and over

developmental

goals

of

developing

countries.

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

Conference

on

“Accelerating

the

Momentum

to

Fight

Against

HIV/AIDS

in

South

Asia”

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

international

co-operation

in the fight

against the

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.

the

Global

Fund

for

its

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