Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Equatorial Guinea Proposes The Creation Of An African Agency Focused On Sustainable Development

West African Nation pledged to United Nations agreements on Climate Change, Biological Diversity and Desertification at the UN Rio+20 Conference

Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, made a push, last week at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, for his country and the rest of the African continent to adopt specific measures for the implementation of programs to encourage sustainable development in Africa.

"From Equatorial Guinea we propose the creation of an African agency for sustainable development, which would develop programs that provide maximum guarantees for growth and security for people at the lowest possible cost," said President Obiang. In addition to the establishment of an African agency focused on sustainable development, President Obiang pointed out "Equatorial Guinea hopes that after twenty years of efforts to provide greater security of life on earth, the summit of Rio+20 sets the stage of man's encounter with himself. We have to understand that the current crisis in developed countries cannot be solved without the participation of developing countries, nor can the access of the least advanced countries to technology be made without the involvement and goodwill of the countries with such technology."

He continued to say that “the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, following the policy adopted by the Commission of Central African Forests (COMIFAC), has ratified with the Member States of the United Nations the agreements on Climate Change, Biological Diversity and Desertification, adopting internal policies for the protection, conservation and restoration of the environment, endangered biological species and sustainable use of natural resources."

President Obiang asked for the international community’s strategic support in helping developing countries establish programs focused on learning and adopting agriculture techniques that will help ensure to secure the food security for their citizens. He said that most African countries have based their industrial growth through the measured use of natural resources with a conscientious management and planning of future generations. 

President Obiang led a delegation to join world leaders, other governments, nongovernmental agencies, international institutions, private-sector organizations and other groups at Rio+20.

Equatorial Guinea has heavily invested in sustainable development. It is part of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project titled A Regional Focus on Sustainable Timber Management in the Congo Basin’, an initiative backed by international development organizations, national NGOs, and government officials. By participating in these types of projects, Equatorial Guinea is improving the welfare of local communities and forest conservation, while protecting its people’s interests in terms of commercial activities.