Diplomats meet President

IT IS imperative that the United Nations (UN) Security Council is reformed so that it becomes more representative and reflects the geopolitical realities if the organization is to effectively fulfill its mandate of maintaining international peace and security, President Lungu has said.

President Lungu said Zambia shall continue to cooperate with the international community to tackle topical issues such as the need for UN reforms, climate change, human rights, terrorism and international peace as well as piracy.

The Head of State said this yesterday at State House at the annual greeting of the diplomatic corps accredited to Zambia.

President Lungu said his Government strongly believed that to address UN reforms, climate change, terrorism and human rights, there was need to strengthen the UN so that the organization could become more responsive to the changing world order.

He said reforming the UN should be the core of the organization’s agenda so that it could respond effectively to the current global challenges, adding that the Security Council reforms were not only an important agenda for the African Union but were an area of great interest to Zambia.

“It is imperative to ensure that a reformed Security Council is more representative and reflects the geopolitical realities as the orgainisation effectively fulfills its mandate of maintaining international peace and security. The continued emergence of conflicts not only in Africa but world over is a source of grave concern as it does not only lead to the loss of human lives but also drains our economies of the much needed resources meant for the socio-economic development.  Conflicts have a negative effect of diverting the global agenda from discussing issues of development,” President Lungu said.

He said his Government would continue to be a strong advocate of peace and security and would continue supporting ongoing efforts on the African continent particularly at the International Conference on Great Lakes Region, the AU and the UN to bring peaceful resolutions of conflicts.

The Head of State said conflicts often left a trail of destruction and displacement of people and that Zambia being the host to refugees for close to five decades would continue working with the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees in supporting refugees.

He said the issues of regional and continental integration were of importance to Zambia and it was his anticipation that significant progress would be made towards integration of the regional economic communities as a vehicle to accelerate wards African economic development.

“Other initiatives such as the African Peer Review Mechanism are also intended to enhance political stability and economic development through the promotion of good governance. Zambia greatly values the role the African Union plays in galvanizing the African agenda for development of the continent.

It is for this reason that my Government supports and is actively engaged in the implementation of Agenda 2063 which has defined a 50-year blueprint for Africa’s development,” President Lungu said. Zambia was proud of her democratic tradition and that the latest presidential election that saw his election served to reinforce the country’s legacy as a peaceful and stable democracy,he said. And dean of the diplomatic corps and ambassadors Attala Qubia said diplomatic relations were a tool for realizing common goals such as peace, human dignity, development and making the world a better place to live in.

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