Malawi president Peter Mutharika has asked the United Nations to stop treating Africa as a minority in the organization.
Addressing the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Mutharika minced no words but told world leaders that the UN cannot be relevant when Africa faces segregation.
For example, he said Africa is not represented on the permanent seats on the UN Security Council with veto rights.
“The relevance of this organization rests on our ability to satisfy the needs of the people across the world. This includes Africa. There are no small nations here. There are only nations in the United Nations,” said Mutharika in his address to the assembly.
Mutharika described this year’s 73rd UNGA theme as ironical as the organization does not live up to the demands of the theme.
This year’s debate is under the theme: ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”
“We cannot talk about shared responsibility while marginalize Africans and deny them full participation in our decisions. We cannot talk about global leadership of the United Nations when African leadership is not on the decision-making tables. In any political system, we cannot claim relevance to the people that we deny,” said Mutharika.
He said time has come to make the UN relevant to all members and share responsibilities together with Africa and the rest of the world.
The Malawi leader reminded the UN to adopt the common African position calling for two permanent seats with veto and for non-permanent seats for Africa on the UN Security Council.
“Why should some nations be afraid of losing power by offering decision making space to Africa when you don’t lose power by accommodating other continents? Is Africa that much of a threat? Tis segregation of Africans must come to an end. Why should we preach democracy everywhere when we are not democratic enough to accommodate almost one third of our own membership in this Assembly?” wondered Mutharika.
Mutharika arrived in New York on Saturday to attend the 73rd UNGA.
On Monday, he delivered a statement at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit where he called on the UN to adopt reforms that were recommended in 2005.
He also delivered a statement at another high-level education meeting where he co-hosted and called on UN members to invest in education for their people.