African Mayors Pledge To Help Fight Ebola

majorTHE international conference of the Global Alliance of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African descent opened in Accra on Saturday with a renewed commitment to fight the Ebola epidemic.

The Alliance made up of mayors from African countries and renowned African descendants from the diaspora, commended the efforts put in place by the United Nations and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) so far.

In an Accord signed on Ebola, the mayors commended the leadership of the U.N for the efforts put in place to mobilise the international community for resources to remedy the Ebola situation in the world, especially, in West Africa which had been ravaged by the disease.

The Accord also commended the chairman of ECOWAS, John Dramani Mahama, for his personal initiative and support for the affected countries in the sub-region.

Earlier in a welcome address, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, the president of the Alliance, said the summit was expected to re-enforce the purpose and pillars underlying its commitment to mobilise support for global issues.

“Therefore, our meeting should reflect how to derive unparalled possibilities for leveraging development for the African people and people of African descent,” he said.

He said the Alliance sought to focus the efforts of leaders in governmental and inter-governmental organisations towards improving the situation of Africans and its descendants throughout the world.

Mr. Vanderrpuije said the Alliance was guided by four thematic pillars which were the empowerment of girls and women, effective responses to HIV/AIDS, economic growth and acceleration of access to education.

He said the pillars were tied to the emerging international poverty reduction agenda essential for inclusive sustainable development within territories.

Mr. Vanderpuije said other emerging international paradigms included the “demographic dividend” which enjoined developing countries to take advantage of investment potentials as well as the renewed commitments to gender mainstreaming and social protection.

He said the Alliance was a unique network and mechanism through which significant contributions could be made to the lives of people of Africa and its descendants.

“It has access to distinctive resources and partners such as the United Nations Senior African Groups through whom critical lessons, ideas, and solutions could be generated as well as disseminated,” he said.

He said it was important that cities and municipalities played a critical role in charting workable and enabling future for the people.

By Lawrence Markwei

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