THE United Nations (UN) has failed Africa by reneging on its responsibility to adapt and address the evolving demand for equity in decision making President Edgar Lungu has charged.
President Lungu said it was regrettable that while 70 percent of the UN Security Council agenda is on Africa, the continent had remained totally excluded from critical decision making on issues affecting her, President Edgar Lungu has said.
President Lungu said without including Africa on the UN Security Council permanent seat, the UN risked negating the gains of its 70 years of advancing global democracy, equity and inclusiveness.
The Head of State said that Africa was confident that its demands and expectations would be met but urged African leaders to consolidate their efforts to have the UN Security Council undergo reformation.
“Africa’s exclusion from issues of international peace and security at the United Nations should be met by the appropriate and justified response that will effectively promote inclusiveness, transparency, accountability and equitable representation in the UN Security Council,” President Lungu said.
Speaking at the Summit of the Heads of State of the Committee of Ten (C-10), President said Lungu he was hopeful that the Livingstone Summit of the African Union Committee of Ten (C-10) that ended yesterday will correct the historical injustice of Africa’s marginalisation in the current global politics.
President Lungu said the C-10 would have to deepen the continent’s resolve of ensuring that the mutually agreed targets of having a permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council are achieved.
Mr. Lungu said Africa’s exclusion from international peace and security matters at the United Nations should be met by the appropriate and justified response that would effectively promote inclusive, transparency, accountability and equitable representation in the Security Council.
“I am aware of the dynamics of various interest groups and the multiple memberships through which some nations, including our own African sister nations find themselves in. We have witnessed some heavy lobbying from certain interest groups who wish to see Africa change its position to veto,” President Lungu said.
And Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma said while the entire membership of the United Nations sympathized with Africa for being the only region absent in the Permanent Category of the Security Council, it was unacceptable that there was continued lack of memorandum in the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) process.
“Our continent has on its side, the inevitable truth of natural justice. It is high time the world corrected this moral and political imbalance against Africa.