Reform UN to suit contemporary needs – President Akufo-Addo

By Kweku Antwi Jnr

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the time has come to reform the United Nations (UN) to better suit the present day needs of the world.

 President Akufo-Addo said when some of the nations of the world gathered in San Francisco 73 years ago, and signed the landmark document that created the UN, it was a very different world from what we have today, adding that “it is a different world we currently live in, and we should accept that this organization must change to suit contemporary needs”.

 President Akufo-Addo made this known on Wednesday when he addressed the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the UN Headquarters, in New York, U.S.A.

 Reiterating his confidence in the UN as being the organization that provides the best vehicle for all nations to address their aspirations and challenges, the President noted that Ghana has always displayed her belief in the United Nations and sought to contribute her share in making the organization a successful one.

“We have embraced the SDGs and integrated the seventeen ambitious goals into our national vision and budget. We intend that Ghana will in July 2019, take her turn to present our Voluntary National Review during the ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum, and we will share our successes and challenges as well as opportunities for new and continuing partnerships”, he said.

 To this end, President Akufo-Addo stressed the need for the establishment of a world order in which all countries sign up to obey the rules, and for the reform of the UN, where the body will be able to preside over this changed and changing world.

 The powerful nations, the President stressed, “must be willing to adapt to the changes to make our world a better place. After all, we all inhabit the same planet, and we all owe the same duty of care to ensure its survival”.

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