27 Sep 2019 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) Without the full involvement of women and youth, the world misses an opportunity to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), President Hage Geingob has said.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, Geingob said he hopes Namibia achieves 50/50 gender parity at the highest levels of governance and leadership.
I would like to say from here as we are going to have elections on 27 November that our Parliament, which is now 47 per cent women
We hope after [the] elections there will be about 50 per cent women in Parliament.
Geingob added: I would like to commit from this platform as I hope to be re-elected and form a new government that the Cabinet must also be 50/50.
He added that the world is approaching the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security which was adopted under Namibias presidency of the UN Security Council in the year 2000.
According to Geingob, he welcomes the increased participation of women in UN and African Union (AU) peacekeeping operations as global leaders prepare to assess the women peace and security agenda next year.
The UN SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Amongst other goals by 2030, the SDGs seek to achieve gender equality and womens empowerment.
Speaking at the international gathering of world leaders, the Namibian president said leaders have a responsibility to establish a world that transcends racism, tribalism and nationalism.
He said leaders also have a responsibility to bequeath to their children a world that is more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous.
He ended his speech by calling for a world where women and youth should no longer suffer exclusion, as the future hinges on their participation.
Leaders must galvanise efforts to ensure that women and youth are no longer on the fringes of decision making but at the forefront of galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion, appealed Geingob.