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African Countries Have Achieved Continuous Real Positive Growth Since 2000
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 (BERNAMA-NNN-ENA) -- The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) says that African countries have achieved continuous positive real growth rates since 2000.

It disclosed this at the 7th Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development and Expert Segment of the Africa Regional Preparatory Conference for Rio 20 which opened at the United Nations Conference Centre here Thursday.

In 2012, the world body will convene the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio 2012 or Rio 20, to be hosted by Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, as a 20-year follow-up to the historic 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) which was held in the same city.


Addressing the session here, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the ECA, Jennifer Kargbo, said African countries had achieved the growth rates since the reported period even in the face of the financial and economic crisis which hit the world economy.

The improved economic performance of the last decade had not, however, translated into commensurate reduction in unemployment and poverty or significant progress towards the UN's millennium development Goals (MDGs), especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Kargbo said.


Therefore, she added, more needed to be done to foster integrated planning, while pointing out that the Rio 20 theme on institutional framework for Sustainable Development offered an excellent opportunity for Africa.



Participants of the three-day session here include experts from economic, social and environment ministries and agencies, among others.
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