UN: Swazi PM says global integration vital for SDGs, climate change pact

New York, US (PANA) - Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini on Saturday said although the UN was forging the collective momentum needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle climate change, but there is need for more global integration, in order to transform the world and achieve the desired results.

"Integration has become a universal subject that transcends all aspect s of life. It has been proven that any development achieved by individual countries is because its nationals have purposed to work together as a collective entity," the Swazi PM said at the UN General Assembly in New York.

"This is true with the United Nations family, whereby the basis of all our success is togetherness and unity in diversity. We have come together in our different sizes and with our diverse cultures, traditions, economies, political and social inclinations to cooperate to become a formidable family ready to address any challenge and achieve any objectives we set ourselves," Mr. Dlamini said.

He noted that many countries have succeeded in developing their economies by collectively observing common regional rules to promote a regional agenda.

"Countries have agreed to opening their markets in order to facilitate a high degree of economic activity, boosting trade and job creation, among others," he said, adding that, "peaceful societies have been created through integration. Integration is one of the key ingredients that propel the push to transform our world."

Mr. Dlamini also called for expanding the UN Security Council along the lines of the African Union’s Ezulweni Consensus, adopted in Ezulweni, Swaziland, in 2005, which called for 11 additional seats, including two permanent and two non-permanent seats for Africa, with the new permanent members having the same veto rights as the current five permanent members.
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