NOVEMBER 18, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister has said Africa needs to unite in purpose and action to increase its voice and participation in global governance.
Dr. Samura Kamara made this statement on Monday (17 November) while addressing members at the African Union Committee of Ten (C-10) on the United Nations Security Council Reform in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He said: “The current meeting is taking place at a crucial time when Africa is required to unite in purpose and action to increase its voice and participation at the highest decision making levels in global governance.”
Also, Kenya president, Uhuru Kenyatta, who officially opened the meeting, said the United Nations Security Council must be reformed to make Africa’s voice heard at the global body.
President Kenyatta emphasized that reforms are inevitable if the institution is to be representative of the continent’s shared values.
The President said that within the United Nations, the Security Council – the principal organ responsible for maintaining international peace and security – best exemplifies a structure that is not compatible with the current realities of the world.
“It does not reflect the current world power distribution and geopolitical situation. The Council’s small size and exclusive nature, its relations with the General Assembly, its working methods and undemocratic nature, have become out of step with today’s demands,” President Kenyatta said.
He said the UN Security Council is antiquated and ill adapted to fulfill its tasks, adding that some regions of the world do not have representation on the Council, including Africa which provides a large share of the UN’s security agenda.
The Kenya President urged Ministers of the C-10 to redouble their efforts to ensure Africa secures a strategic position in the UN.
“Let us recognize, from now on – in each capital in our continent, in every nation – that our interest as a region is our national interest. Africa must have a voice in the UN Security Council,” urged President Kenyatta.