Leaders of African countries advocated this Thursday to strengthen the fight for international and regional security, sustainable development, as well as the confrontation with climate change during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
South Africa calls for joint work for global responses
The President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, stated in his speech that global challenges require transformative solutions, which, he assured, were in the current multilateral frameworks.
At the same time, the president recalled that his country has the largest diamond reserve in the world, which has been used in pursuit of sustainable development through a holistic vision.
However, the head of state emphasized the need to diversify the economy through foreign investment while stressing that power and opportunities must be widely shared internationally.
For his part, the president of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, highlighted the importance of fighting climate change as there are “major turning points and almost irreversible changes” in the international environmental situation.
In this sense, he stressed that as a consequence, the African continent is exposed to a worsening of the food situation, the displacement of its populations, severe droughts and water scarcity.
Regarding security, Bazoum pointed out that the situation in his country has deteriorated “significantly” in recent years due to “extremely unfavorable subregional environment.”
In turn, the president of Gambia, Adama Barrow, specified in terms of natural disasters, that more help is needed every day and yet “global efforts seem to be less and less effective.”
“We implore Russia and Ukraine to heed the global plea for political dialogue and end the war. Africa is simply asking for global peace and friendly relations. Our survival and progress depend on global peace and stability.” @BarrowPresident #UNGA #UNGA77 #Gambia
— State House of The Gambia (@Presidency_GMB)
September 22, 2022
Similarly, he stressed that the conflict in Ukraine has had a negative impact on African economies with increased inflation, food and energy insecurity, which “has frustrated the recovery from the pandemic.”
Based on this, the African leader ratified that his continent asks for “global peace and friendly relations”, meanwhile, he called on Ukraine and Russia to put a ceasefire, as well as resolve the contradictions through dialogue.
On the other hand, the president of Yemen, Rashad Mohammed Al-Alimi, highlighted the growth of armed militias in his country, which represents a transnational risk and violates the rights endorsed in the UN more than 70 years ago.
Accordingly, he stressed that “we cannot continue to accept that an armed militia holds a monopoly on power (…) the Yemeni people have the right to peace and stability like the rest of the peoples of the world.”
Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, said that achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda “remains a priority for all of us” while calling on developed countries to take concrete action against the effects of climate change.
He also highlighted the measures carried out by his government in pursuit of gender parity with the creation of centers to integrate the problems faced by young women in the African country.