General Assembly holds debate on peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa

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Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly 67th session. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Strengthening international support for Africa's efforts to promote durable peace and sustainable development is the focus of a UN General Assembly debate on Thursday.

The quest to transform the continent into a region of economic prosperity and social justice has never been closer to fulfillment, according to General Assembly president, Vuk Jeremić.

But he says more needs to be done to bridge the gap between Africa's promise and the reality on the ground.

“I do not think the international community is devoting enough attention to the complex security issues faced by the continent—from terrorism, secessionist threats and trans-national organized crime, to the proliferation of arms, effective peacebuilding, and mass migration. I firmly believe that we need to support African-led solutions to all African challenges.”

Jeremić points out that African countries form the largest voting block in the General Assembly, where all 193 UN member states have a voice.

Therefore, he says, they have an unprecedented opportunity to spearhead efforts to form a new global partnership that ensures no country is left behind.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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