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Namibia’s former president Hifikepunye Pohamba said Tuesday that Africa must persist in its rightful demands to have a strong voice in a reformed United Nations Security Council.

“Africa should not compromise on this demand. The historic injustice against Africa can no longer be allowed to stand,” Pohamba said at the 8th African Union High-level Retreat on Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa.

Africa should now contribute more actively to the revitalization, restructuring, and democratization of the UN system, he told the retreat, which started on Tuesday in N’djamena, Chad.

The retreat, running under the theme, “The Emerging Global Order, Multilateralism and Africa,” will last through Wednesday.

Over the past decades, Pohamba said, multilateralism has played and continues to play a positive role in global affairs.

To remain relevant, Africa should take advantage of opportunities presented by the evolving world order to reposition itself so as to continue to exert more influence on the direction of global developments and the management of world affairs, he said.

Pohamba stressed that the UN should remain the centerpiece for global governance in the evolving new international order.

“It is through the United Nations that we can deal comprehensively with all aspects of the UN Agenda 2030 and the maintenance of international peace and security,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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