Windhoek – Namibia’s President Hage Geingob says the world will be better off with a reformed United Nations Security Council that gives Africa its rightful place in international affairs.
He made the remarks at a virtual debate to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN.
President Geingob said while the UN had done tremendous work to uphold peace and stability and promote multilateralism, Africa’s continued side-lining with regards to the powerful Security Council remained unfinished business.
“To date, Namibia continues to reap the benefit from this an extraordinary organization whose alumni include the chief justice and deputy chief justice amongst other key figures in the political, public, and commercial spheres. Indeed, the commemoration of this 75th anniversary is a great day for Namibia.
“Given the illustrious history of the United Nations and the realities of the modern-day world, it is unacceptable that Africa remains excluded from the United Nations Security Council. It is time that the United Nations Security Council’s representation reflects the current global geopolitical formations and security threats.
“In this regard, Africa is a capable partner, and therefore Africa should occupy her rightful position at the UN, in the interest of global peace and stability,” President Geingob said.
Namibia’s leader added that for the past 75 years, the UN had positioned itself as the guarantor of human dignity for millions of people across the world.
“We recognise the pivotal role this distinguished organisation has played to promote and sustain world peace, and in the decolonisation of Africa. As Namibians, we can attest to this fact, given our own history.
“In 1960, Ethiopia and Liberia instituted proceedings against apartheid South Africa at the International Court of Justice regarding the interpretation and application of the country’s mandate over Namibia, then South West Africa,” he said
President Geingob said Namibia was grateful to the UN for its central role in the country’s liberation.
“It was a proud day when on March 21, 1990, we received the instruments of power from Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, to commence a new chapter in Namibia’s history.
“Not only did the United Nations contribute to the establishment of democracy in a free and independent Namibia, it also laid a cornerstone for our democracy by establishing the United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN), where I had the privilege to be a Director for 12 years. This Institute helped train young Namibians in order to equip them with the requisite expertise and knowledge to become leaders and administrators in an independent Namibia,” he said.