Experts React to Chakwera UNGA Speech
Political analysts have reacted differently to President Lazarus Chakwera’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which faults first-world countries for neglecting third-world countries in development programmes.
In his address on Thursday night, Chakwera said least developed countries are struggling to develop in the wake of global challenges because of inequalities that exist in the global organization.
He lamented that all this is happening despite the UN's commitment to leave no one behind in efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and called for the need to resolve the disparities.
Commenting on this, political analyst Dr. Mustapha Hussein said Chakwera’s speech is on point but not strong enough to move the UN.
He observed the inequalities originate from way back and called on least developed countries to come together and to speak with one voice and push for equality.
“There is a need for developing countries to come together to mount pressure or raise their voices so that their calls can be attended to,” said Dr. Hussein.
But another analyst Clemence Alfazema has a different view altogether. He feels developing countries should not continue living in hope that someone will assist them.
Alfazema dares the developing countries to devise ways of developing themselves.
“The assistance that the UN uses comes from the developed countries who have their own challenges this time, therefore priority now may not be assisting another person who has been sick for a long time and who has been helped for a long time. It is better for developing countries to be looking at solutions within themselves,” he adds.
In his speech, President Chakwera also called on developing countries to write off debt for developing countries to allow them focus on development and increase Covid-19 vaccine access in least developed countries among others to fight the pandemic.
Chakwera is in the United States of America attending the 77th UN general assembly at the UN headquarters. This is his first physical attendance since he came to power in 2020.