Africa’s development needs: state of implementation of various commitments, challenges and the way forward: Report of the UN Secretary-General

Authors/Editors: United Nations
Publication date: 2008
Language: English
Number of pages: 26


The report seeks to highlight Africa’s underlying development needs and challenges, including the lack of human and institutional capacity to design and implement sound policies and recurrent armed conflict. It reviews all main commitments made by the international community, including the United Nations, and by African countries, to address the continent’s needs. In addition to analysing the state of implementation of commitments made by African States and institutions, the report considers the implementation of pledges made by international development partners in such key areas as international development assistance, debt relief and debt cancellation, trade liberalization and aid for trade, and peace and security. It also analyses the role of the United Nations in supporting the African Union and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development and assesses progress in reaching the Millennium Development Goals in Africa. The report concludes that meeting Africa’s development needs is within reach, provided that African States and the international community act with determination to turn existing commitments into concrete actions. To that end, the report makes some practical recommendations to improve the international community’s efforts to address Africa’s development needs.