Terrorism poses immediate threat to post-2015 development agenda
25 September 2014, 08:18
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta warned on Wednesday that without an effective response to terrorism, the post-2015 development agenda could hardly take shape in Kenya and other crises-torn countries.
A number of obstacles stand in the way of achieving this new development agenda, with terrorism being the most immediate threat, Kenyatta said at the General Debate of the UN General Assembly which opened Wednesday with formulating post-2015 development agenda as one of key goals.
"Increasingly, terrorist actors are exploiting the expanded democratic space, sometimes feeding into and even influencing local politics."
Without effective strategies to reverse this tendency, Kenya and other countries will find it difficult to entrench democracy and the post-2015 development agenda, the president said.
"From the Central African Republic, to Mali, Libya, and even as far afield as the Middle East and Europe, we see new conflicts and crises, which could derail or delay development," he added.
Meanwhile, Kenyatta pledged that Kenya would stay course in quest to stabilize Somalia, more than one year after gunmen belonging to Somalia's al Qaida-allied Al Shabaab stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi.
At this assembly, the president also made a special plea for South Sudan, calling for more attention from the international community to the nation crippled by the ongoing civil war.
"No country today remains as desperately in need of rapid and transformative economic and social development, as South Sudan. We cannot allow a return to the political chaos, to economic collapse or social desperation," he added.
The business of ridding the world of these plagues, touched upon but not fully embraced by the Millennium Development Goals, must be the first of the aspirations of the post-2015 development agenda, the president noted.
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