Chakwera echoes Mutharika’s call for UN to reform: ‘Africa needs 2 permanent seats in Security Council’

President Lazarus Chakwera has kicked his journey at UN with a virtual address at the United Nations General Assembly (Unga) by reiterating the call

Chakwera: Africa from having representation in the decision-making organ of the global body

s his predecessor, Peter Mutharika, who advanced the need for Africa to have two permanent seats with veto power and five non-permanent seats in the Security Council.

At present, the Council has 15 members, five of whom are permanent—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States—and which have the right of veto.
In his debut virtual address to the 75th UN General Assembly, Chakwera said Africa is concerned UN Security Council reforms.
“Malawi, therefore, reiterates the call for urgency in advancing these reforms with full representation of Africa in line with the Ezulwini Consensus of the African Union,” he said.
He added that “we need a UN that fully meets Africa’s needs in peace processes,” which can only be achieved if Africa is involved in making such decisions.
“In view of the incessant conflicts that are currently tearing down the African continent and retarding its progress, the reforms are long overdue,” he said.
Chakwera reminded the UN that Malawi and Africa are delivering on their share of responsibility to serve global humanity and also committed to continue contributing a battalion of the Malawi Defence Force to the UN Peacekeeping Mission under a SADC Force  Intervention Brigade in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Former Malawi leader Mutharika also suggested that, by denying Africa representation in the Security Council, the UN is reneging on the principles of democracy and equality that it preaches, therefore subjecting itself to criticism of hypocrisy and partial relevance.
This year’s UNGA is being held under the theme: ‘The future we want, the United Nations we need: Reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism- confronting Covid-19 through effective multilateral action.’
The UNGA, taking place in the New York City in the United States started on September 15 and winds up on September 30, 2020.

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Kenford Mphuche
Kenford Mphuche
8 months ago

The only leaders i believed would had achieved this are Mugabe and Gaddafi,these leftover African leaders are always decieved with money from these so called powerful country and they can’t do anything about the reform they need.

Banda
Banda
8 months ago

It is precisely why the Security Counsel was established to protect the world from Dictators such as Mugabe and Gadaffi by imposing sanctions rather than invasion.
The ten temporary members from stable countries not involved in a civil war or unstable Governments are voted into the role by fellow UN members for a two year term.

Ndede
Ndede
8 months ago

Copy and paste…..like the National address….paja mumanyoza ntchito ndi nzeru za mzanu ….lero mukungokopera….kubera mayesotu uku.😄😄😄😄😄😄 sitima imaphweka ndipo imakoma akamayendetsa wina

Ben Phiri Jerusalem University
Ben Phiri Jerusalem University
8 months ago

Once an African nation becomes a nuclear power and no longer seeks aid annually from the 5 permanent members and many other countries possibly the UN will have no option but to listen to you. Why speak in dreams and not provide concrete suggestions for the betterment of African Nations. A first President for only 3 months and you suggest you can solve all the world’s problems yet you go begging that these same countries should forgive 4.2 Trillion in loans. You make yourself look and sound uneducated when you do not can make a valid contribution to other countries… Read more »

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
8 months ago

He may be in office less then 3 months, but he is not addressing the UNGASS in his personal and individual capacity, but a someone occupying the Office of the President in Malawi. Hence, he has touched on what Bingu used to say about UN agencies and organs to ensure proportional representation across the global. Therefore, your comment may not be in line with what is being said here.

Banda
Banda
8 months ago
Reply to  Mkanda Gudu

Believe the point was Chakwera as President of Malawi was ignorant to the fact that 20% of the members on the Security Counsel of 15 world countries to promote International Peace and Security are in fact African Countries being Niger, Tunisia and South Africa an equal continental representation to Europe and larger than North America and South America. Being a member of the Security Counsel is about Peace Keeping and Security protecting the smaller countries like Malawi.

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
8 months ago
Reply to  Banda

But are the countries cited have permanent seat status and veto powers? That’s the fundamental question Chakwera is asking

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
8 months ago

Pamenepo one is assured that the Tonse Government believes in continuity by reiterating what his predecessor had pointed out as a universal concern across the continent. The geopolitical balance in the UN was and is still a supreme issue in the African mind. This deliberate ostracisation must stop milking Africa in the name of being superpowers. The times have changed we aren’t ready to be sucking under the colonial belly of the so-called superpowers Africa must follow the sun from dawn to dusk. The 1970’s saw China mainland gaining a place in the security council the moment is ripe for… Read more »

Banda
Banda
8 months ago
Reply to  CESSPOOL

China is one of the charter members of the Security Counsel established in 1945 at the completion of World War 2 not 1970.
The purpose being to work together a settle differences before it lead to war. It should be noted China has a population of 1.4 Billion people and in 1945 they were not a nuclear power only the USA.

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
8 months ago
Reply to  Banda

Read your history you’ll meet ping-pong politics by the West it’s in the 70′ when Red China joined the UNO at this point Formosa China was kicked out.

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