Social summit follow-up process aims for accelerated progress towards meeting Copenhagen goals
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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At the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen in March 1995, African countries joined the rest of the world in proclaiming that they would afford social development the highest priority among their national policies and programmes. They endorsed a far-reaching, time-bound compact for reducing and ultimately eradicating poverty in their countries. They pledged to raise life expectancy, reduce infant and maternal mortality, eliminate malnutrition among under-fives, provide universal access to healthcare and basic education, and reduce adult and especially female illiteracy. Four years on, and as the challenges of a new millennium loom large, the focus is now on the extent to which the goals laid out in the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action for Social Development have been achieved.