UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is worried that access to essential medicines and new technologies remains unattainable in developing countries because of a decline in development assistance from the international community.
On Thursday during the launch of the 2013 MDG gap task force report in New York, Ban told the world press that developing countries needed urgent debt restructuring mechanisms to ensure more sustainable existence.
"While global economic trends are slowly improving, the crisis continues to take a toll. For the first time in a long while, Official Development Assistance has fallen for two consecutive years," he said.
"Many more developing countries are in need of debt restructuring. Although some medicines such as those to treat HIV/AIDS are becoming more affordable, essential medicines often remain hard to find and success to new technologies remains limited in developing countries."
Accompanied by senior advisors from the UNDP during the conference, the UN Secretary General said donor countries needed to deliver on commitments towards financial resource mobilisation.
"Donor countries all must deliver on commitments on official development assistance, climate finance and domestic resource mobilisation," he said.
He observed that tariffs on exports from developing countries were down while exports from developing countries to developed countries are up, yet a larger proportion of exports from least developed countries are being admitted tax-free," he said.
As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2015 target approaches, the UN is seeking to shift its focus towards emerging poverty alleviation challenges and is already setting the stage for the post-2015 development agenda.
"In preparing for the 2015 MDG target date, we must accelerate efforts while we begin crafting the post-2015 development agenda," he said.
And Ban commended the Iranian government for promoting dialogue with the international community.
He told Foreign Minister of Iran, Jawad Zarif, that his government's efforts to fulfil the promises made by President Rouhani during his recent election campaign were visible.
"I also praised your government's actions in releasing 12 political prisoners, including the human rights lawyer, Ms. Nasreen Sotoudeh, as well as a number of women's rights activists, political activists and journalists," said Ban.
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