UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Mauritius on Saturday said that small developing countries are "very much concerned" at the slowdown of global economic growth, saying that in the current inter-dependent world, "not a single nation is immune from external shocks."
Navinchandra Ramgoolam, the prime minister of Mauritius, made the statement in his speech at the ongoing annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which entered its fifth day here Saturday.
"Small developing countries are very much concerned at the slowdown of global growth, decline in international trade, decreasing job opportunities and rising inequality," he said.
"Small states are particularly susceptible to external shocks as they are heavily dependent on foreign markets for trade, tourism and investments," he said. "They are also concerned about energy and food prices, which are subject to high volatility."
"My government believes that the post-2015 development agenda should include a Roadmap for an interconnected world economic system, premised on the assumption that the global economy could very Well be as weak as its Weakest links," he said.
The 193-member General Assembly has asked all the UN member states to set the stage for the post-2015 development agenda, which will be hammered out next year to define the global development in 2015 and beyond.
"The prospects for growth of the global economy remain uncertain, largely as a result of multiple challenges faced by developed countries," he said. "In such an interconnected and interdependent world as ours, not a single nation is immune from external shocks."
"Of course, the specificities of some countries or regions and the pace at which transformative shifts are implemented may not always be appropriate for universal targets," he said.
"But the Conceptual approach to, and the construct of, the post- 2015 agenda should more than ever before in history start with the shared conviction that economies are interdependent," he said.
"Eradicating extreme poverty, empowering more women, providing wider opportunities to young people for education and jobs, improving health care and management of energy, water and food are all universal concerns," he added.
"The conventional divides of the past are no longer valid," he said. "We need a common development framework but with differentiated milestones and implementation strategies because of existing disparities in levels of development."
"Actions taken at national level are not sufficient; there should also be reinforced cooperation and partnerships at regional and international levels," he said. "It is therefore imperative that the weaknesses and inequity of present global economic governance should be addressed urgently."