High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


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Position Paper for High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

République du Sénégal, Muhammad Adrian Gifariadi

"We simply want to build our own huts." - Léopold Sédar Senghor

In a progressively globalized world, nations have come to comprehend the necessity to address transnational issues through international cooperation and joint policy. In matters pertaining to development, poverty, resource management and environment, member states of the United Nations identify a common ground and the need for comprehensive action to address them. As thus, in a tradition dating back to 1992, the United Nations formulated guidelines of economic, political and environmental policy for its member states. The latest global agenda espoused by the United Nations was the famed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ratified by all 189 members of the United Nations in 2000 . By 2015, significant progress in fighting poverty, child and maternal mortality and diseases has been achieved. The United Nations has since claimed that the program achieved overall success.

The Republic of Senegal is a leading democracy in Africa, with a tradition of stable governance and international cooperation. Like many of its neighbors in the Sub-Saharan Africa, Senegal is classified as a low-income country, with economic reforms undertaken since the 1990s have produced favorable results, with a record 6.5% growth in 2015. However, Senegal too faces problems endemic of the region: 1) tropical diseases, 2) sluggish economic growth, 3) water scarcity and sanitation and 4) abysmal infrastructure. As of 2015, these issues have...

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