Current African Union Chairperson, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, has said countries should maximize their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the remaining two years.
Leaders conferred on MDGs Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact called by the Secretary General of the United Nations, in New York.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said African countries that have gaps in meeting the MDGs need to be supported by the international community.
He stated that Ethiopia has achieved the 4th MDG which is reducing maternal and child mortality.
Hailemariam also addressed the African Union Peace and Security Council leaders meeting representing IGAD and AU.
He commended the agreements reached between the two sudans and hoped that they would also reach an agreement on the issue of Abiye.
He assured the support of IGAD in this aspect, including the efforts of the High Level Implementation Panel, for the two countries to reach agreement on the remaining outstanding issues.
Hailemariam stressed the need to advance the cooperation between the AU and the UN, particularly in the areas of peace keeping missions of Africa.
Originally published on All Africa on September 25, 2013