Zim leader challenges UN to accord Africa respect

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ZTN Correspondent

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Africa should be allowed to claim its stake on the global league of nations.

Addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, currently being held virtually, the President said it is unfortunate that a continent with 16 percent of the world’s population is not represented at the world’s top stage.

“It is now more than 15 years since the adoption of the Ezulwini Consensus, reaffirmed in the Sirte Declaration. It is deeply regrettable that reform of the Security Council and implementation of Africa’s position has not been achieved,” he said.

The President added that Africa should be granted its well-deserved voice.

“We cannot continue with a situation where over 16 percent of the world’s population does not have a voice in decision making. This is a serious indictment to our avowed commitment to multilateralism and the basic principles of natural justice, fairness and equity.”

This year’s meeting is being held under the theme; “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitments to multilateralism-confronting Covid-19 through effective multilateral action.”