Outdated UN System a Reflection of World’s Dysfunction: Eritrean FM

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Address by His Excellency Osman Mohammed Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea, at the general debate of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the UN. (UN Photo/Cia Pak)

By UN News Center,

Addressing the General Assembly yesterday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea, H.E. Osman Saleh, focused on bolstering his country’s socioeconomic and also emphasized the need to revitalize the United Nations to create a more agile, democratic and equitable multilateral system.

Mr. Saleh said that, 70 years after the birth of the UN, “it is undeniable that we continue to live in an unfair and unequal world, where conflicts and wars rage, extreme poverty persists in the midst of plenty, children die from easily preventable diseases and justice is routinely trampled.”

“The United Nations Organization itself is a reflection of this unfair, unequal and undemocratic global order,” he continued. “In the UN, the overwhelming majority of member States are marginalized. This assembly of nations, which should be the most powerful organ, is bereft of real power and influence, with decision-making dominated by a few among the few.”

He added that there is a need “to persist in our efforts to rebuild and revitalize the United Nations” and “strive and cooperate at the national, regional and global levels for sustainable and equitable development.”

“Today, Eritrea is making remarkable progress in building a nation based on citizenship and an inclusive state and the respect of human dignity and rights. It is peaceful, stable, secure and harmonious.”

He added that it was also “building a solid basis for sustainable development with social justice,” as well as fighting human trafficking and giving youth and women “adequate opportunities to pursue a high quality of life and build their nation.”