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‘Africa needs space in UN Security Council’

Gospel Kazako

Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako, has said for Malawi’s transformative goals to be achieved, the country and others in Africa need to be represented at the top seats of United Nations (UN) decision-making organs and agencies.

He was speaking during the UN75 Dialogue in Lilongwe on Wednesday.

Kazako said African countries are rarely heard when it comes to decision making especially in the UN Security Council which has the responsibility of maintaining international peace and security.

“This is important for the countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs],” he said.

UN Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, said the suggestions that the minister had provided would be part of several suggestions the UN was expected to consider after the process.

She, however, said for Malawi to achieve the SDGs, the UN is taking suggestions from everyone around the world to review the successes and challenges of goals projected to be attained by the year 2030.

Sam Masikini and Munyaradzi Mutsinze were the youth representatives at the dialogue with a theme ‘Shaping our future’.

The UN Security Council is composed of 15 UN member states, five of which are permanent members—United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Russian Federation and china.

The permanent members have the power to ‘veto’ a substantive decision of the council by voting against it.

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