Speech to Great Lakes natural resources summit
Following are Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro’s remarks at the Special Summit on Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes Region, in Lusaka: It gives me great pleasure to be with you today at this important gathering. I bring you warm greetings from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who welcomes the decision of the Heads of State and Government of the Great Lakes region to organize a summit on the critical issue of the illegal exploitation of natural resources. It is my honour to represent him here. Let me begin by paying tribute to His Excellency, [Zambian] President [Rupiah] Banda, for his leadership and the commitment, which the Republic of Zambia has shown to furthering and protecting the amazing potential of the Great Lakes Region, not least, through hosting us in beautiful Lusaka for today’s summit. I congratulate you on the initiative of this summit. It reflects your countries’ significant individual and collective advances towards peace, security and sustainable development. This is indeed consistent with the letter and spirit of the Dar-es-Salaam Declaration of 2004. Under the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region, you committed yourselves to build more peaceful and prosperous societies. More specifically, in Article 9 of the Pact, you have committed your nations to put in place regional rules and mechanisms for combating the illegal exploitation of natural resources. I wish, in particular, to refer to your decision to establish a regional certification procedure for the exploitation, monitoring and verification of natural resources. Through these measures, you have made a promise to work for the common good of the people of the Great Lakes. And I commend your Excellencies for that. As we contemplate these landmark steps, we must also measure the major challenges at hand. Indeed, a lot has been achieved, yet much remains to be done. The people of...
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