Mr Speaker, I rise to add my voice to the well-presented Statement which was made by the Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Mr Speaker, with your permission, I would want to quote the preamble to the United Nations' Charter.
“We the people of the United Nations determined to…
“save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold
sorrow to mankind, and reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and..”
Mr Speaker, this Statement on the 72nd Day of the United Nations (UN), brings to the fore some of the challenges that most of my Hon Colleagues have enumerated.
Mr Speaker, the President of this country, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, at the last UN Assembly, reiterated his commitment to sustain and put in place well and coherent programmes towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Mr Speaker, in this regard, the President, who co-chairs the UN's advocacy group of eminent persons after succeeding former President John Dramani Mahama, mentioned some of the key programmes that in his view would help him to achieve some of the SDG's in his speech. These included the setting up of a new Ministry for Sanitation and Water Resources, the One District One Factory programme, the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs' and the Free Senior High School policy.
Mr Speaker, most of my Hon Colleagues have spoken about the reforms that the UN Security Council would need to go through. Big powers like Brazil, India, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana are potential candidates who could help in the reform agenda of the UN Security Council.
Mr Speaker, countries like North Korea and the threat to global peace and security which has led to some serious concerns on the global scene require a very strong UN Security Council to deal with the issues once and for all.
Mr Speaker, banters between the United States of America (USA) and Iran on nuclear weapons and encrichment require a very robust Security Council to deal with such situations which have the potential to affect global peace and security.
Mr Speaker, with global terrorism -- last week, a very terrible incident happened in Niger, where four USA soldiers were killed. These are some of the issues that require a Security Council that would embrace all continents, especially, countries which are well affected by some of these global threats, for example, Niger, Mali and those that are within the Sahelian Regions of West Africa.
Mr Speaker, the UN would need to take a further look at incentives which are given to peace keeping groups that are sent out on peace keeping missions. The Ghana Armed Forces has contributed so much to the UN security efforts and would require all the necessary support that the UN would give to such a very important institution of State.
Mr Speaker, global climate change and its effects on Puerto Rico; the United States of America, also require the UN which has all the funding agencies, but very difficult to access the Global Environmental Fund, to be able to fight the menace.
Mr Speaker, the UN has seen some reforms. Now, there is United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). So, the UN requires a bit of teeth to be able to deal with some of the challenging issues that have plagued the world today.
Mr Speaker, on this note, I thank you very much, and I would want to congratulate the Hon Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Statement which she ably made in this House.