STATEMENT ABOUT THE 74TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY (UNGA 74)
September 12, 2019
The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) which will open on 17 September 2019 is just timely. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019, and a lot is expected the world over.
We are facing surmountable challenges, and every country has its share of problems, challenges and expectations. Some countries' problems have become national problems, some regional problems, some international problems, and others global problems. I am aware that during the week of the debate, several other high-level events also will convene:
On Monday, 23 September, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Climate Summit, and the UNGA will hold a one-day high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC);
On Tuesday, 24 September, following the opening of the 74th General Debate, the UNGA will convene a meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place on the afternoon of 24 September and all day on 25 September;
On Thursday, 26 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD), as well as a high-level meeting on the elimination of nuclear weapons;
On Friday, 27 September, the UNGA will hold the high-level meeting to review progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.
May I also remind everyone about the role of the General Assembly:
The General Assembly plays a key role in the financing of peace operations. The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Member States of the UN, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of international issues including peace and security. While not normally directly involved in political decisions on establishing or terminating UN peace operations, the General Assembly does play a key role in peace operation financing.
As with the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, the General Assembly monitors the performance of UN Peacekeeping through its Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. It was established in 1965 to conduct a comprehensive review of all issues relating to peacekeeping. The Committee reports on its work to the General Assembly through its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization).
A thought of concern though is: many past UN General Assembly Sessions has been successful in terms of preparation, and the pledges made by participating nations, but in terms of results and performance, there has been some stagnation.
My sincere appeal to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly is that focus should also be apportioned in attaining the agenda’s implementation and formulate a strategy that will see to it that results are realized. The focus by many is on the UNGA 74 and the outcome.
STATEMENT ABOUT XENOPHOBIC ATROCITIES HAPPENING IN SOUTH AFRICA
September 5, 2019
The xenophobic attacks that have sprung like wild fire in South Africa are a sad development. This has eroded the trust, confidence and good status people held about South Africa. Many African countries contributed to the freedom of South Africa, some at the expense of their freedom, peace, economy and well being.
The ethos Nelson Mandela held and stood for has been betrayed by the South Africans, and have abandoned his legacy.
Coming to the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1993, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize with F. W. de Klerk for their work during the civil rights revolution in South Africa. Mandela refused the award, because of human rights violations committed by Turkey at the time. He later accepted the award in 1999.
After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize Nelson Mandela said:
"We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of our people who dared to rise up against a social operation whose very essence is war, violence, racism, oppression, repression and the impoverishment of an entire people.”
It is now sad to witness atrocities committed by South Africans against fellow human beings. I believe it is time for international human rights bodies to stand up and condemn to the strongest possible sense these xenophobic atrocities. I believe it is time for the United Nations Human Rights Council to make deep scrutiny of South Africa, to which Republic of South Africa is a member of - otherwise the past, present and future will judge us harshly. I hope peace and unity will return to South Africa before permanent excessive damage is caused.
A Tribute to FIFA and Qatar for the Qatar FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
September 5, 2019
The hosting of the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar is the positive step achieved by FIFA. Qatar is the first nation in the Middle East to host a global sporting event and the smallest country ever to host a FIFA World Cup.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international men's association football championship contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Qatar in 2022.
This is one of the positive steps ever achieved by FIFA. I hope to see the best of Qatar, and I believe Qatar will not give room to racial remarks reported in some previous international matches in some parts of the world.
Let me also take this opportunity to share my poem entitled "IN THE NAME OF THE GAME." I hope this will add some value to sports worldwide and other avenues of life.
I must say, congratulations to Qatar and FIFA for this achievement.
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