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Ghana's President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has advocated for reforms in the United Nations in other to position it address contemporary needs that confronts the world today.


According to him, issues that confronted the world, then, which necessitated the gathering of nations of the world in San Francisco, some 73 years ago, and signed the landmark document that created the UN, were completely different from issues confronting the world today.


President Akufo-Addo, who made this known Wednesday, 26th September, 2018, when he addressed the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, said "We should accept that this organization must change to suit contemporary needs.”


Harping on his confidence in the UN –that provides the best platform for nations to address their aspirations and challenges, President Akufo-Addo said Ghana had always believed in the United Nations and contributed her quota to making the organization a successful one.


“We have embraced the SDGs and integrated the 17 ambitious goals into our national vision and budget. We intend that Ghana will in July 2019, take her turn to present our Voluntary National Review during the ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum, and we will share our successes and challenges as well as opportunities for new and continuing partnerships,” he said.


However, President Akufo-Addo said resolutions, norms and votes cast in the Security Council and General Assembly needed political will to enforce them.


“We are still to come to terms with what the role of our organization should be. Should it just be a club of nation states that exists to look after their own interests," President Akufo-Addo rhetorically asked.


He continued, “Does the theme we have chosen for this assembly have any relevance in real life, and do we want to make the United Nations relevant to all people? Do we want an organization that ensures shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies? Or should it remain the place to pass resolutions that are ignored with impunity?” 


President Akufo-Addo stressed the need for the establishment of a world order in which all countries that sign up to it, obey its rules and resolutions.


The powerful nations, he stated “must be willing to adapt to the changes to make our world a better place. After all, we all inhabit the same planet, and we all owe the same duty of care to ensure its survival.”


Africa's common position on UN Reforms, as expressed in the Ezulwini Consensus, President Akufo-Addo reiterated, remained the most comprehensive proposal for reforms of the United Nations, particularly of the Security Council.


"It is time the global community endorsed it to create a modern United Nations fit for purpose in our time."


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)