3 November – Governments must find
initiatives that fit their own concerns and
development agendas because there are no
ready-made solutions to the challenges of
governance, United Nations Secretary General Kofi
Annan told the Fifth Global Forum on Re-Inventing
Government, meeting in Mexico City, Mexico.
message delivered by Under-Secretary-General
for Economic and Social Affairs Jose Antonio
Ocampo, Mr. Annan said, "It is widely recognized
that good governance is essential to our ability
to reach the Millennium Development Goals.
"It is also understood that
good governance requires the state, civil society
and the private sector to work better together so
as to be more responsive and accountable to the
citizenry. That means the public sector must
challenge itself continuously to improve the way
it does business."
The eight Millennium
Development Goals set parameters governments must
meet if extreme poverty is to be halved by 2015.
The Mexican Government's
agenda for "doing more with less" gave conference
participants opportunities to learn from Mexico's
experiences, to strengthen South-South cooperation
in sharing best practices and to forge alliances,
Mr. Annan said.