Multilateralism, strengthening international institutions hallmark attainment of Agenda 2030: President Mnangagwa.

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Multilateralism, strengthening international institutions hallmark attainment of Agenda 2030: President Mnangagwa.

 

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

 

The world must work together to allow the harnessing of expertise and learning from one another to strengthen international institutions for the accelerated attainment of Agenda 2030 and rekindle the spirit of multilateralism, President ED Mnangagwa has said.

President Mnangagwa was addressing the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday.

In his speech, President Mnangagwa emphasized the importance of global solidarity, sustainable development, and the urgent need to address pressing global challenges. He also highlighted Zimbabwe’s commitment to democracy, good governance, climate change mitigation, and the empowerment of its people.

“It is imperative that we re-commit to the Charter of the United Nations, multilateralism, solidarity, justice, and the peaceful settlement of disputes for sustainable development and a shared future. This calls on us all to respect the sovereign equality of nations, big or small, poor or rich,” President Mnangagwa said.

President Mnangagwa said by working together, nations can harness expertise and learn from one another to strengthen international institutions for the accelerated attainment of Agenda 2030. The impact of conflicts, terrorism, climate change-induced natural disasters, biodiversity loss, and the rising prevalence of disease and pandemics, especially in the developing world, deserve urgent attention.

He lamented the slow progress made towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals which he said has been uneven while global solidarity has been tested and self-interest superseded cooperation. He added that the world has a duty to reignite its commitment to the principles of the 2030 Agenda and rekindle the spirit of multilateralism

President Mnangagwa emphasized the need to scale up investments in education, healthcare, clean water, sanitation, economic opportunities, and entrepreneurship, particularly among women and youth. The President underscored the importance of addressing conflicts, terrorism, climate change-induced disasters, biodiversity loss, and the prevalence of diseases, especially in the developing world.

President Mnangagwa highlighted Zimbabwe’s commitment to democracy, good governance, and the rule of law following the recently held 2023 Harmonized General Elections.

“Zimbabwe continues to entrench democracy, constitutionalism, good governance, and the rule of law, following the recently held 2023 Harmonised General Elections. I am pleased to highlight that our country enjoyed peace, before, during, and after our free, fair, transparent, and credible elections,” said President Mnangagwa

He condemned the clandestine funding of conflicts and unconstitutional changes of governments by powerful nations, who simultaneously preach peace, human rights, and democracy.

He went on to say, “Zimbabwe has been under the illegal, unilateral economic sanctions for 23 years, imposed by some Western countries. These sanctions were designed to subjugate the sovereign will of the Zimbabwean people.  We, therefore, demand that the unjustified unilateral sanctions be unconditionally lifted, including those imposed on countries like Cuba. We remain grateful for the support and solidarity of progressive countries in the comity of nations.”

“Partners and investors are welcome, guided by our own vision and national priority areas.”

He said, “We are recording unprecedented development and economic success milestones. For the last three years, our country has been the fastest-growing economy in our Southern African region. Further, Zimbabwe is prioritizing the eradication of poverty and improving the quality of life of our people, particularly, those in rural areas. The empowerment and capacitation of communal and small-scale farmers have seen us realise food and nutrition security at both household and national levels. With effect from this year, our country will become a net exporter of wheat.”

Addressing the impact of climate change, President Mnangagwa emphasized Zimbabwe’s investments in infrastructure to mitigate and build resilience. The country is constructing dams and sinking solar-powered boreholes in rural villages and schools to ensure access to water and promote commercial nutritional gardens. Zimbabwe’s use of domestic resources has enabled the construction of schools, clinics, and other social amenities throughout communities, contributing to the empowerment of its people.

Furthermore, President Mnangagwa highlighted the need for reform in global financial institutions to unlock funding for developing countries. He criticized the exclusionary architecture dominated by a few states, which has failed to provide adequate resources for developmental priorities and address pressing health and environmental challenges.

While calling for reforms in global financial institutions and the United Nations Security Council to ensure fair representation and resource allocation, President Mnangagwa threw his weight behind the proposed Stimulus Package by the United Nations Secretary-General. He called for long-term concessional loans, increased access to unused Special Drawing Rights, and debt cancellation and restructuring as stimuli for developing countries to grow their economies and build resilience.