Africa demands UN permanent representation

by Ashely Kondo

African nations have called on the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to consider Africa for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council with Zimbabwe and Kenya taking the lead in the lobbying.

Delivering his maiden speech at the UNGA 73rd session on Wednesday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the democratisation of the Assembly’s organs, such as the Security Council and the Bretton Woods Institutions would result in the correction of historical injustices which have isolated Africa from most global decision making processes.

“We join the call for Africa to be represented in the permanent category and to have increased representation in the non-permanent category.

“We emphatically call for the review and reform of the Bretton Woods Institutions and other Financial Institutions,” said President Mnangagwa

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, who also delivered his speech on Wednesday also supported the idea of permanent representation for Africa as the continent piles pressure on dominant powers.

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council which were granted a permanent seat by the UN Charter of 1945 include China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States of America.