African nations came out swinging at the United Nations annual gathering of world leaders calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic and veto power in the Security Council. (Sept 24)
MAHAMADOU ISSOUFOU: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
INTERPRETER: Given the current state of urgency, as our countries require-- need financial support-- financial support that is on the same level as the economic crisis that they are experiencing. A simple moratorium-- a debt moratorium is not sufficient given the challenges before us. We need to purely and simply cancel this debt and think-- and think up and implement a new paradigm to meet the development needs of the poorest countries.
LAZARUS CHAKWERA: We call for two permanent seats with veto power and five non-permanent seats for Africa. We need a UN that fully meets Africa's needs in peace processes, which can only be achieved if Africa is involved in making such decisions. In view of the incessant conflicts that are currently tearing down the African continent and retarding its progress, their reforms are long overdue.
ALASSANE OUATTARA: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
INTERPRETER: I call on all of Africa's partners to take bolder measures to relieve our economies which have been severely affected by the effects of COVID-19. The financial needs of Africa have been assessed at $100 billion annually over a three-year period or a total of $300 billion.
DENIS NGUESSO: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
- As a member of the Committee of Ten of the African Union on reform of the United Nations Security Council, my country solemnly reaffirms the urgency of making it a reality of-- rather, making a reality Africa's representation in this organ of the United Nations. In so doing, we will further strengthen the values of peace, of solidarity, equity, and progress embodied by the United Nations organization.