UN: Sierra Leaonean leader calls for urgent UN Security Council reform

New York, US (PANA) - Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, on Thursday in New York called for urgent reform at the UN and in particular at the UN Security Council, in order to get in tune with the present global reality and to ensure equitable representation by UN member states.

"Let me put it straight: our premier global institution lacks the democratic competencies to tackle the developmental, security and other challenges facing Africa and many other parts of the world," Koroma stressed in his address to the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate.

He stated: "Without the decisive contribution of Africa, the continent that is mostly affected by UN Security Council decisions, no solution proffered to our challenges by the UN would be sustainable, inclusive or lasting", reiterating the position of Africa’s "Committee of Ten" on the reform of the UN Security Council, as the Committee’s current coordinator, that it firmly stands united behind the Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration on the issue.

He also welcomed increased transparency in the process to select the next UN Secretary-General, but reiterated that many African countries are concerned at the slow pace of reforms at the Security Council, calling for the reform process to move faster "so that Africa can take its rightful place in the UN Security Council."

According to him: "The equitable geographical representation, with the attendant privileges in the membership of the Council would only make it more legitimate, representative, effective, transparent and accountable."

Turning to the theme of the present session of the General Assembly, the Sierra Leonean leader reported that his country has integrated the SDGs and their respective targets into Sierra Leone’s national development programme and that it has formulated a national integrated results framework, aligning the SDGs to national monitoring and evaluation mechanism.

Koroma also stressed the need for national and global efforts to implement the SDGs, in order to deliver on the promise of an inclusive and fairer world.

As the current chair of the Group of Fragile States, Mr. Koroma said Sierra Leone accorded great importance to SDG 17 and to the effective management of the country’s natural resources to ensuring sustainable socio-economic development and a resilient future for all Sierra Leoneans.

He also emphasized that transitional justice is critical to consolidating peace, reducing poverty and most importantly, preventing countries from relapsing into conflict, and stressed that his government is fully committed to good governance, post-conflict peacebuilding, as well as strengthening of democratic institutions and access to justice.

Koroma further expressed appreciation to the international community for its support in dealing with the Ebola outbreak and noted that his country is now implementing its post-Ebola recovery programmes.

Noting that the country faces enormous resource gaps, he called on the international community and bilateral partners to fulfil the pledges they have made.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 22Sept2016

22 september 2016 18:30:46

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