Dominican Republic attacks opportunism as a threat to sustainable development

September 26, 2015

The President of the Dominican Republic celebrated the adoption of the new sustainable development agenda, calling it an inspiring document and a roadmap for the challenges facing the planet.

Danilo Medina assured at the Summit on Sustainable Development at the UN that the main challenges it addresses – the eradication of poverty, overcoming inequality and the fight against climate change – are already part of the country’s agenda and in this context , congratulated the body for adopting them on a global scale.

“We celebrate this commitment that we share to enforce sustainable development and a long-term vision. That which is sometimes threatened by opportunism and the rush imposed by an increasingly connected society ”, he pointed out.

The president assured that the previous Millennium Development Goals acted as a fundamental guide to make the Dominican Republic an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable society. In this context, he highlighted some of his most iconic achievements.

“Reduce extreme poverty by more than half, which has gone from 16.6% to 5.8%. We also easily reached the goal of malnutrition, which went from 34.4% to 12%, and the established goal of gender parity at each of the educational levels ”, assured Medina.

The Dominican president assured that in his country, many people continue to live in poverty and that the small island is especially vulnerable to climate change. However, he called these realities not inevitable fatalities but challenges to deal with responsibly and efficiently.

“We are fully committed to the sustainable development goals. We hope to find together the will to, as His Holiness Pope Francis asks, to escape the sin of indifference, love the common good, promote the weak and take care of this world that we inhabit, ”Medina stressed.

September 26, 2015

The President of the Dominican Republic celebrated the adoption of the new sustainable development agenda, calling it an inspiring document and a roadmap for the challenges facing the planet.

Danilo Medina assured at the Summit on Sustainable Development at the UN that the main challenges it addresses – the eradication of poverty, overcoming inequality and the fight against climate change – are already part of the country’s agenda and in this context , congratulated the body for adopting them on a global scale.

“We celebrate this commitment that we share to enforce sustainable development and a long-term vision. That which is sometimes threatened by opportunism and the rush imposed by an increasingly connected society ”, he pointed out.

The president assured that the previous Millennium Development Goals acted as a fundamental guide to make the Dominican Republic an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable society. In this context, he highlighted some of his most iconic achievements.

“Reduce extreme poverty by more than half, which has gone from 16.6% to 5.8%. We also easily reached the goal of malnutrition, which went from 34.4% to 12%, and the established goal of gender parity at each of the educational levels ”, assured Medina.

The Dominican president assured that in his country, many people continue to live in poverty and that the small island is especially vulnerable to climate change. However, he called these realities not inevitable fatalities but challenges to deal with responsibly and efficiently.

“We are fully committed to the sustainable development goals. We hope to find together the will to, as His Holiness Pope Francis asks, to escape the sin of indifference, love the common good, promote the weak and take care of this world that we inhabit, ”Medina stressed.