Kenya President Calls for Global Development Equality

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Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for a united effort from international bodies to reduce inequality amongst developing nations.

Kenya’s leader hailed the progress made over the last 15 years with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but highlighted the disparity that still exists between nations – and within countries themselves.

Kenyatta calls for equality

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Kenyatta echoed the meetings theme of “Tackling inequalities, empowering women and girls, and leaving no one behind.”

“We must acknowledge that progress has been uneven across the world and across the goals. There remain huge disparities between and within countries,” he said. “Many people – especially women and children – have been left behind by the MDGs.”

His comments refer to a drop of incomes at the bottom of the prosperity and the numerous challenges facing gender equality in developing nations.

Heading in the right direction

Despite Kenyatta’s stance on development inequality he was quick to point out the progress that has been made since the MDGs were introduced 15 years ago – but also the optimistic future he envisages.

“Inequality can be tackled. Public spending on high-quality education and health care reduces inequality,” he said at the UN headquarters in New York. Kenya itself has prioritised the development of equality between sexes, including the elimination of charges for maternity services – a move that has seen the immunisation rate for children, under one year of age, rise by 85 percent.

A global agenda

In order to meet the ambitious aims set out by MDGs, Kenyatta insists a global effort will be needed to ensure the necessary resources are available.

“Of course we recognise that the primary responsibility for development in our countries shall first and foremost lie with us,” he said. “However, resources from our development partners will be critical.”