Thursday, September 21, 2017

Equatorial Guinea Calls for Security Council Reform, Attention to Global Warming Amid Busy UN General Assembly Session

Equatorial Guinea called for reform of the United Nations Security Council as part of “a united, dynamic and coordinated action of all nations.” President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo told the United Nations General Assembly [today] that the country would carry this philosophy to the Security Council as one of its newest non-permanent members.

“We want cooperation to balance in terms of equity. We want to respect the principles and cultural values ​​that guarantee the existence of each nation through time, which will lead them toward sustainable development and the achievement of the 2030 United Nations Agenda and 2063 of the African Union Goals,” he said.

In his address to the General Assembly, Obiang expressed his gratitude for tha nation’s selection to the Security Council and said, “As a Member of the Security Council, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea will cooperate with all States to impose peace in the world, with the aim of guaranteeing the peace of every country and protecting its political, economic, social and cultural rights.”

During his address, Obiang called climate change is “a latent threat that we should not neglect” and expressed his nation’s condolences to all countries that have suffered natural disasters in the past few months

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo addressed the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York amid a busy series of meetings, including the Security Council Summit between Japan and Africa, where Obiang asked for the dismantling of nuclear weapons in order to achieve true world peace.

He also attended the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Summit, where he highlighted how Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development program has allowed the country to move toward its goals of becoming an emergent economy.

While in New York, President Obiang met with world leaders, including United Nations General Assembly president of the 67th Session, Vuc Jeremic and former president of the Burkina Faso Republic, Michel Kafando, and described his new mission as intermediary in the Burundi political conflict.

Equatorial Guinea hosts a number of United Nations programs, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which has conducted a national census with funding from the government.