UN to serve as banner of transparency

22 Sep 2016 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 SEP (NAMPA) –The United Nations (UN) remains the centre for the consolidation of international rule of law and should therefore serve as a banner of transparency and accountability.
President Hage Geingob expressed these sentiments during the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA on Wednesday.
In a statement made available to Nampa the same day, Geingob said transparency and inclusivity are paramount to gaining the trust of the people.
“For Governments and organizations such as the United Nations to regain trust from people who have lost trust in the global leadership over the years, they must place inclusivity and transparency at the forefront of governance, for transparency plus accountability spells trust.
“Reforming the Security Council is therefore paramount. The reform of the Security Council cannot be reduced to the aspirations of few countries. The Security Council is too important an organ to be left to the interests of a few. Hence, we reiterate our call for the comprehensive reform of the Security Council, thereby making it more democratic and transparent, so as to better serve humanity,” stated Geingob.
Geingob said Namibia remains fully committed to the Africa Common Position on the UN Reform. Namibia, he said, is also of the opinion that the Security Council should reflect a broad membership.
In terms of social justice, the head of state expressed concern with the fact that the world is witnessing high levels of force displacement of people since the founding of the UN Security Council.
“The current refugee crisis needs our immediate attention and collective action. Global solidarity is needed to effectively respond to the needs of our fellow human beings.
“We need to determine the basic factors which cause people to flee in such large numbers so that we can tackle the root causes rather than the symptoms of this evil. Our belief is that no one must feel left out for we are aware that inclusivity spells peace, while exclusivity spells war,” he added.