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The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Naledi Pandor, on Wednesday called on the member states of the United Nations Organization (UN) to work together to provide effective responses to the current challenges facing the world.

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During his speech at the session of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, Naledi Pandor, commented that the UN family faces its greatest tests since its creation more than 70 years ago.

For the South African official, the challenges facing the world are immense, diverse but interconnected, and no country should respond to them alone.

The South African Foreign Minister made it clear that for her country, the essential issue is “the needs of the marginalized and the forgotten” and that the main global challenges are “poverty, inequality, unemployment and the feeling of exclusion.”

Naledi Pandor pointed out that global solidarity is necessary to respond to challenges such as food and energy insecurity, climate change and the destruction caused by conflicts including the existential threat of nuclear weapons.

“Until now, instead of working collectively to respond to these challenges, we have drifted further apart as geopolitical tension and mistrust influence our relations,” added the South African diplomat.

Despite the difficulties, the official reiterated her call for solidarity and effort to address global challenges, to ensure sustainable peace and development.

UN transformation

The South African assured that the crises that the world is going through are due to the fact that the founding principles of the UN have not been defended in a coherent and fair manner.



In his participation, Naledi Pandor expressed his support for multilateralism as the only way to build a better world and referred to the transformation of the organization.

For the diplomat, the transformation of the UN is necessary for it to serve its function aware of the current global dynamics and it must go through governance bodies that are more representative, transparent and responsible.

“The Security Council must be reformed, we cannot have a credible organization, if those who repeatedly violate the charter cannot be held accountable for their actions,” said Naledi Pandor.

Regarding wars, Pandor declared that “we must treat all conflicts throughout the world with the same indignation, regardless of the color or belief of those affected”. In this context, he called for the resolution of the conflict over Palestine, condemning the apartheid system that Israel has imposed and the end of the embargo against Cuba, among others.

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