WINDHOEK, Namibia- – President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has called on African leaders to act and work together to fulfil the aspirations of the continent.
He made this statement during the opening session of the Summit of the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State in the Namibian capital of Windhoek today Friday 15 January.
“Once again we are meeting at the Summit level of the AU C-10 Heads of State on the Reform of the United Nations. This is the fifth of these high level internal consultations, following our Meetings in Freetown, Oyo, Nairobi and Livingstone. We are here because we believe that the time is ripe for the fulfillment of our continent’s aspiration as espoused in the Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration,” the president said in his opening address.
President Koroma went on to note that although Africa’s aspirations are just, and whilst notions of justice give strength to aspirations, “we can only fulfill our aspirations when we act, when we come together, when we are aware that the shift in the global power structures that we demand would not be given to us on a silver platter.”
He emphasized that Africa demands United Nations Security Council reforms not only to redress the injustice of being the only continent without a permanent representation in that topmost global decision making body, but mainly because Africa also believe it shall be good for the world, it shall make the council more democratic, give it greater legitimacy, and fully recognize the reality of a resurgent Africa that wishes to lend its strength and longstanding wisdom and values to the peoples of the world.”
“I repeat, our aspirations are not only about redressing historic injustices, they are about making the council stronger, more democratic and more legitimate; it is about enabling the council to withstand the tests that a globalized and very interconnected world would present to it; it is about making the council take up issues before they become too late to resolve, it is about making the council more proactive, and acting with greater wisdom and strength in meeting the challenges of our world,” he reiterated.
In his welcome statement, President of Namibia Hage Gottfried Geingob said the UN is neither representative nor democratic.
It’s unacceptable that Africa which constitutes the majority of the membership of the UN Security Council continues to be sidelined. “Namibia reaffirms its commitment to the Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration for the reform of the UN Security Council,” he said.
The Namibian president pointed out that it’s is important that Africa remains united on the issue of the reform of the UN Security Council.
Story courtesy of State House Communication Unit