Africa’s development

Africa’s development

With the eyes of the world on him, President Jacob Zuma used his

address to the recent General Debate of the 71st Africa’s development

Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71) to communicate progress made in Africa’s development.

The President led the South African delegation to UNGA71, which took place under the theme:

“The Sustainable Development Goals: A universal push to transform our world”.

The General Debate presented an opportunity for Member States to take stock of the effectiveness

of the United Nations (UN) and to chart a way forward to improve the organisation’s efficiency

and relevance by making it more democratic, responsive and transparent.

This will contribute to the eradication of poverty, reduce in equality

and unemployment, and will also contribute positively to global growth and prosperity,”

he explained. South Africa also continued to raise concern regarding the strength of the institutions of global governance,

including the United Nations, specifi cally the Security Council,

and advocated for the urgent reform of these institutions with the aim

of correcting the historical injustice against Africa, refl ected in their outdated structures.

President Zuma pointed out that the deadlock in the Security Council

on the Syrian question exposed the inherent structural dysfunction of the 1945, post Second World War consensus.

He questioned whether the UN, and in particular the UN Security Council as currently confi gured, could fulfi ll its mandate in addressing the challenges of the 21st century.

“South Africa will continue to call for the council’s transformation to ensure, in particular, Africa’s representation,” he said,

stressing that “One billion people cannot continue to be denied a voice.

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