MOHAMMED JALLOW, Vice President of the Gambia, said the current problems facing the world challenge the willingness and ability of multilateral organizations to resolve them, asserting that “the priorities of our time urgently warrant our collective attention and action.” He therefore called for reform of the multilateral system, adding that renewed confidence in the United Nations Charter and inclusive multilateralism was the way to achieve this. Aligning with the session’s theme of rebuilding trust and reviving solidarity, he also called for better cooperation and more partnerships to provide solutions to global problems. He highlighted that seven years before the end of the Decade of Action, “global achievement of the SDGs is not very positive. It is a story of broken commitments, weak international cooperation and the absence of true global solidarity. » He therefore called on the international community to redouble their efforts to achieve the objectives.
Highlighting the issue of debt relief for least developed countries, he called for reform of international financial institutions, particularly in the areas of development financing and debt, to enable them to have “ greater participation and a stronger voice in decision-making.” In this context, he welcomed the recent membership, on a permanent basis, of the African Union to the Group of 20 (G20), a development which will “tremendously amplify Africa’s voice and participation in geopolitical issues and development issues that concern well-being. of his people. He further highlighted the negative implications of climate change on Africa, saying the continent is paying a very heavy price for global warming while being the least contributor to climate change. He therefore called for urgent action to restore confidence and a collective response to the climate crises.
Regarding global peace and security, he highlighted Africa’s challenges linked to terrorism, armed conflicts and the illegitimate overthrow of governments, as well as the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, a situation which “should serve as a wake-up call for all Member States”. It also reveals the inadequacy of institutions, mechanisms and processes for conflict resolution and management, requiring improvement. He highlighted his country’s commitment to human rights, the rule of law, democratic governance, peace and security.
Expressing his country’s disapproval of the “cruel and degrading treatment meted out to migrants at some borders in Africa and beyond”, he called on the United Nations to investigate crimes committed against migrants with the aim of protecting them and their families. He also called for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a two-state solution along the 1967 borders, with two contiguous states living side by side in peace and harmony, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestine. On behalf of Cuba, he called on the United States to lift the embargo that has lasted too long. The Gambia also firmly supports the one-China policy, while aligning with Africa’s position on Security Council reform to regain the world’s trust, he said.