The Namibian president, Hage Geingob, and his Kenyan counterpart, William Samoei Ruto, pointed out the disadvantages of African countries and other developing nations in facing the problems of socioeconomic development, as well as the health, climate, food and energy crises of the current global scenario.
In this regard, Geingob criticized the unfair inclusion of Namibia in the group of upper-middle income states, which hinders access to financing and concessional loans, which are necessary to fight inequality and lift many citizens out of poverty.
It is an insufficient calculation formula, since it does not take into account the enormous disparities between rich and poor that, in his country, he affirmed, are a consequence of colonialism and apartheid.
Both dignitaries demanded the qualitative and quantitative reform of the United Nations Security Council, in accordance with the common position raised by the members of the African Union.
In the view of the Namibian president, self-determination is a human right; hence his demand to put an end to the constant injustices committed against the people of Palestine and to comply with the resolutions to resolve the issue of Western Sahara.
He also lamented the sanctions against Zimbabwe and the permanence of the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the United States Government against Cuba.
“Please, it is time for the sons and daughters of Cuba to receive the right to a dignified life, free from an embargo that deprives them of the right to develop their own country. Therefore, Namibia reiterates its long call for the lifting of the unjust embargo against Cuba”, she remarked.
In the words of Samoei Ruto, the failure of multilateralism during crises, such as the one experienced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is a failure of humanity and “we have a moral and urgent duty to correct it and behave better”.
Similarly, he emphatically addressed the challenges associated with climate change and its particular effects on impoverished nations, which require access to financing and technologies.
Africa, he summarized, places immense value on the international community and the tremendous possibilities it can unlock through “an inclusive, sustainable and effective agenda to transform the lives of our peoples and establish shared and shared peace, security, stability and prosperity.” lasting”.