Global inequality challenges can only be addressed by working together - Kagame

By IGIHE
On 25 September 2019 at 08:30

President Paul Kagame has said that security and stability are the prerequisites for rapid progress toward a more equitable and prosperous world and highlighted that it is essential for Africa and the rest of the international community to work closely together on peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts with mutual respect.

Kagame revealed it yesterday as he delivered Rwanda’s Statement at the General Debate of the 74th United Nations General Assembly held in New York, United States of America.

As he delivered the remarks, Kagame said that Africa itself is also a source of solutions to address complex problems including issues related to health equity access, migrants among others.

The President observed that the two-thousand-twenties (2020) could be remembered in history as a turning point, or as the moment when multilateralism lost its way.

“Fortunately, the path forward is clear. Never before have we had such well-defined road-maps for joint action on development, climate change, and global health,” he said.
He also reminisced on Rwanda’s preparations to host refugees from Libya following signed agreements to host migrants stranded in Libya on 10th September 2019.

“In the coming weeks, Rwanda is preparing to receive and protect a number of refugees and asylum-seekers from detention camps in Libya. The support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the African Union is greatly appreciated,” he said.

Kagame called on every member of the United Nations to uphold their legal obligations in a spirit of solidarity noting that this partnership is a clear sign that cooperation can address complex problems.

“Africa itself is also a source of solutions. There is no doubt that the challenge of global inequality can only be addressed by working together. Rwanda stands ready to do our part. That includes guaranteeing the rights and opportunities of women and girls,” he said.

Kagame also thanked the outstanding leadership of the World Health Organisation and many other stakeholders for efforts that put the transformational potential of Universal Health Coverage at the top of the global health agenda.

In Rwanda, more than 90 percent of the population has insurance coverage.

Kagame said that this has contributed to significant improvement in health outcomes and shows that it is possible for countries at every income level to make health care affordable and accessible for all.

He, therefore, called the world for commitment to replenishing the Global Fund, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Kagame emphasized that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are also Africa’s goals because it has the means and feels it is a responsibility.

“This is despite the fact that our continent is home to several of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Growth must be fully inclusive so that inequality within countries continues to diminish. The fundamentals needed to unlock this transformation are already in place,” he said.

“With a concerted push, involving all partners, including the private sector, it is indeed possible to make up for lost time with the Sustainable Development Goals. Closer cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations is streamlining the implementation and measurement process,” Kagame further stated.
This year’s general debate is themed “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action, and inclusion”.

All 193 Member States of the Organization are represented in the General Assembly - one of the six main organs of the UN - to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations, such as development, peace and security and international law among other subjects.

The 73rd UN General Assembly took place from 24th to 27th September 2018.

Kagame called on every member of the United Nations to uphold their legal obligations in a spirit of solidarity
The General Debate of the 74th United Nations General Assembly was held in New York, United States of America.
Kagame emphasized that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are also Africa’s goals because it has the means and feels it is a responsibility.

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