By Ashok Ramsarup :: South Africa has reaffirmed its commitment to global peace by ensuring that efforts are made that no nation is left behind. Speaking at the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly, President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the African Union chair, made it abundantly clear that now was the time for the entire world to stand together for peace.
In his virtual address, Ramaphosa wholly supported the ideals and the spirit of the U.N. Charter that was established to form a new world order to achieve peace around the world.
He said this comes at a time when the entire world was facing the deadly coronavirus that cost almost a million lives. “The virus destroyed communities their livelihood and plunged economies globally.
“It is now vitally important as it’s the dawn of a new era of global co-operation when countries grapple with the pandemic, describing it as one of the darkest periods in the history of humankind,” he said. The president used this opportunity to highlight the 1945 world war two crisis that plunged the globe. Ramaphosa said: “The U.N. is and must forever remain the foremost icon of world peace as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc.
This year’s theme focused on “The future we want, the United Nations we need”, Ramaphosa made a clarion call to nations to work together to resolve global challenges.
He said during the pandemic, people from all over the world extended the hand of solidarity to people in other nations. “From the North to the South, humanity has been galvanised into action. International partnerships had been formed to ensure there was equitable access to health emergencies, including medical supplies.
“Many nations have set up extensive social support systems to protect citizens whose jobs, businesses and livelihoods have been threatened. Our response to the COVID pandemic has demonstrated the heights that can be attained when we work in the spirit of friendship and solidarity,” he said.
Ramaphosa quoted the of South Africa’s democratically elected President Nelson Mandela ‘It is human solidarity, the concern for the other, that must be at the centre of the values by which we all live,’ as the African continent, the country responded swiftly and effectively to the coronavirus.
“The African Union has established a COVID-19 Response Fund and launched a ground-breaking African Medical Supplies Platform to make sure all countries have access to the necessary equipment and supplies,” Ramaphosa said.
He concluded that global peace was not about a world free of conflict, it must be a world free of poverty, inequality and underdevelopment, equal rights for the next generation.
Ramaphosa concluded by highlighting the Black Lives Matter Movement, indicating that South Africa supported the demands for swift action against racism, whether committed by individuals, companies, officials or a state.