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President Hichilema Delivers Maiden Address to UN General Assembly

Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia delivered his maiden address to the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In his address, the President reaffirmed Zambia’s position to continue supporting national, regional and international initiatives aimed at promoting peace and security.

The President noted the slow pace of negotiations of the United Nations Security Council Reform but reiterated the African Common Position, the Ezulwini Consensus, that calls for a more representative and democratic UN Security Council in which Africa, like all other regions could be represented fairly.

The President stated that in the area of peace and security, there remained pockets of conflict in many regions of the world where guns are yet to be silenced, although some progress had been recorded.

The President noted that the silencing of guns goes beyond addressing conventional warfare, but also in addressing new emerging threats of the century which include challenges of extremism and international terrorism cybercrime, asymmetric warfare proliferation of non-conventional weapons and organized crime.

“As an international community, we need to continue to work together to address the root causes of these global threats through various national, regional and global mechanisms,” the President stated.

“In this vein, Zambia reaffirms its commitment to play an active role in the SADC Mission in Mozambique aimed at restoring peace to the Cabo Delgado Province. In addition, Zambia remains committed to the cause of the Lusaka Master Roadmap to Silence the Guns in Africa, an initiative being implemented by all African Union (AU) Member States to promote peace and security, which has since been endorsed for extension for a 10-year period from 2021 to 2030. We therefore, wish to call for continued support of the United Nations in silencing the guns in Africa and other continental initiatives.”

On the domestic front, the President stated that the new dawn administration will work towards strengthening of oversight and governance institutions to ensure the independence and autonomy of the three arms of Government, particularly the Legislature and Judiciary.

The President stated that the fight against corruption would be at the centre of the Government’s transformation agenda and it shall be executed with zero tolerance.

“We shall also promote free media and an active civil society as they are critical in upholding checks and balances, human rights, liberties and freedoms,” the President stated.

According to the President, the Government’s high priority is to restore macroeconomic stability, attain fiscal and debt sustainability, promote economic growth, enhance diversification and manage contraction of debt.

“To sustain this growth, Zambia will dedicate efforts to guarantee a stable and predictable environment that will attract and protect local, regional and foreign direct investment as well as enhance local participation in the economy,” the President stated.

The Head of State noted the complexity of today’s world economy and the numerous global concerns, including pandemics, climate change and illegal migration and stressed the need for adaptation to these effects of globalisation by fostering key partnerships and deepening integration at all levels to ensure sustainable economic growth and development.

The official theme of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly is; “Building resilience through hope – to recover from Covid-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations”.

Public Relations Unit

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

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