The African Union (AU) chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for the increase in the number of African countries in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Ramaphosa made the remarks while addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly via video. He pointed out that the reformed UN Security Council would assist in resolving conflicts in the world.
“The current composition of the Security Council does not reflect the world in which we live. On the 75th anniversary of the UN we repeat our call for greater representation of African countries on the Security Council, and that this be taken up with urgency at the Intergovernmental Negotiations,” said South African President Ramaphosa.
South Africa is currently the non-permanent member of the UNSC.
Ramaphosa called for Africa not to be charged interest on its debt while it recovers from the COVID-19.
“We also call for the suspension of interest payments on Africa’s external and public debt. It is in the spirit of this new global deal, that we call on the international community and our international partners to support the rollout of a comprehensive stimulus package for African countries,” he said.
Ramaphosa said the AU welcomed the collaboration between G20, IMF, World Bank and the UN to find solutions of debt in developing countries. He noted that the collaboration between the UN and AU have helped to silence the guns in some African countries.
African countries have on several occasions called for more representation in the UN agencies. AU foreign ministers came up with “Ezulwini Consensus” where they came up with a common position for Africa to be represented at all decision-making organs of the UN.