Liberian Leader Outlines Progress Made By Developing Countries

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said enormous progress has been made in developing countries due to strong international partnership, naming Sub-Saharan Africa as a clear example where the Malaria mortality rate has been cut by nearly half since 2000.

In remarks at a public mobilization and poverty eradication outdoor event in Munich, Germany, the Liberian leader said AIDS related deaths have also fallen by one-third in just eight years between 2005 and 2013.

According to a dispatch from Munich Saturday, President Sirleaf also disclosed that the mortality rate for children under five has fallen by nearly half since 1990, literally saving millions of lives every year.

She told participants at the event that primary school enrollments have jumped from 52 percent to 77 percent since 1990, with the biggest increase for girls ; stressing ‘Primary school enrollments for girls are now almost on par with boys, which is a huge difference compared to 25 years ago.’

President Sirleaf also indicated that the share of people in sub-Saharan Africa living in extreme poverty has fallen from 61 percent in 1993 to 47 percent in 2011.

She told the gathering that the world can eradicate extreme poverty, get more children in school with much higher quality education, ensure that women have greater property rights and greater access to health, education and finance.

She noted that by sustained development with people at the center, the world can stop illegal migration, and remove the global threat of infectious diseases adding, "We can, as called for in the Sustainable Development Goals, strive for a world that is just, equitable and free from extreme poverty by the year 2030."

Quoting a World Bank report, President Sirleaf revealed that almost half the world’s over 3 billion people live on less than US$2.50 a day, and that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the 41 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries is less than the wealth of the world’s 7 richest people combined.

She added that nearly one billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names, while less than one percent of what the world spent every year on weapons should have put every child into school by the year 2000.

Also speaking at the event was the German Federal Development Minister Gerd Muller, who said the event demonstrated the campaigners’ determination to see a world that is just and liveable for every human population.

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