On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma addressed the assembly in the United Nations Headquarters. Not only did Zuma criticize the existing treatment of the refugees, but he praised Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Zuma suggested that the fundamentals of the United Nations security council be reformed so that it benefits Africa. He complained that the reforms must be made, as 1 billion people cannot be represented in the manner they are currently being done.
President Zuma also praised the United Nations Paris agreement which was signed last year. He claimed that it has helped in bringing down climate change.
The South African president also praised the outgoing Secretary-General of the United Nations for his extraordinary service in Copenhagen. “On behalf of South Africa and its people. I would like to salute Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the outstanding manner in which he steered the United Nations,” announced Zuma.
Zuma also iterated the point that the General Assembly of the United Nations must be centered in making sure that the right man or woman succeeds Ki-Moon. He stressed that the Republic of South Africa is supportive of the proposal to limit the terms of office of the Secretory-General to seven years.
The event was an additional side-event to the high-level summit which was held on Sept. 19. The agenda of discussion for this event was the refugee crises.
Written by Abdullah Sultan Usmani
Edited by Cathy Milne
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