Africa does not need pity-UN boss

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said African countries need tools to create jobs and generate income and not pity or charity.

Mr. Ban said in his report on the UN work released ahead of the annual high level; general debate of the 65th session of the General Assembly that the African continent has vast human and material wealth to develop.

He added that the continent also has the potential to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Mr. Ban has further called on developed countries to reaffirm their commitments they have been making at the Group of eight and 20 (G8 and 20) and at the UN of doubling aid to Africa

This is according to a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Secretary for Press at the Zambian Mission to the UN, Moses Walubita.

Mr Ki moon hoped that the high level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on MDGs which starts today will provide a unique opportunity to strengthen collective efforts and partnership and push for 2015 goals.

He has encouraged all stakeholders to engage in the summit process and bring with them a renewed commitment to achieve the 2015 MDGs goals.

Zambia will deliver a national statement at the high level plenary meeting tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the UN Chief said gender inequality and achieving of women empowerment still remained the most difficult goals.

He said women were still facing violence, discrimination and were victims of harmful traditional practices and beliefs.

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