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African Human Security Index

President Goodluck Jonathan proposes development of 'African Human Security Index' - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has stressed the need for the African Union Peer Review Mechanism to pay greater attention to the issues of human security, peace and development.

'To promote this, I wish to propose the development of an African Human Security Index that helps us to measure the progress we are making on these and other critical issues in Africa,as shaped by African countries themselves,' PANA quoted President Jonathan as saying in a security conference being held here Thursday as part of the activities marking 100 years of Nigeria's unification.

He said at the conference, which has the theme: 'Human Security, Peace and Development: An Agenda for the 21st Century', that what Africa needs more than anything else in this 21st century is collective action for positive transformation for the good of Africa.

'There is no doubt that this is the African century. That is why I want to call on other African leaders to join me in seeking new ways to achieve our goals together, new strategies and workable solutions that advance our cause for peace and development.

'Let us work towards an Africa where economic growth leads to jobs for all school leavers, regardless of their ethnicity, their religion, or their gender. Let us work towards an Africa where we all live free from the fear of war and terrorism, and where young Africans see a future for themselves in productive employment, enterprise and education, and not in the false promises of extremist ideology.

'We must work towards an Africa in which human security is a priority for all governments, where genuine and lasting peace makes it possible to achieve, and where economic development works for the benefit of all. It is that Africa of peace, of equity and justice that
I crave and it is that Africa that seeks and secures democracy, the democracy that guarantees human happiness,' President Jonathan said.

Pana 28/02/2014