In his statement, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel Trullols said that in order for development to be sustainable, "we must undertake structural reforms that will change many of our policies and our economic and social systems, turning them inside out, the way a sock is turned inside out."
The UN is currently working with Governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda.
Trullols said that depending on what is decided will foretell whether the future of humanity will be "promising or miserable."
He noted that while eradication of extreme poverty correlates to an income of less than USD 1.25 a day being elevated to USD 2 per day, "the difference in hardships between the one income range and the other is not very noticeable."
The Deputy Minister urged the international community to turn good intentions into action and political decisions.
Trullols also cited the impact of climate change given the Dominican Republic's geographic location in the path of annual hurricanes and tropical storms.
"For this reason, we have been endeavouring to strengthen and improve our preparedness for the management of risks associated with natural disasters," he said.
The Dominican Republic is building a collection centre for emergency assistance and working to establish a regional centre dedicated to the education and training of human resources in cases of disaster.
--IBNS (Posted on 02-10-2013)