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Kagame Urges Fairness in UN Policy Implementation

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, addresses the general debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has called on stakeholders in the United Nations to revise the policy implementation system of the world organization, saying the “body falls short on getting things done.”

President Kagame noted that for the UN to be truly effective at delivering a “decent life for all”, it must treat all the people it serves with impartiality and respect, and it must be a good steward of the funds entrusted to it.

“Abuse and waste are therefore not a mere public relations problem, but an existential threat, which must be tackled head-on,” he said.

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Kagame made the remarks while speaking Tuesday at UN General Assembly in New York, which was attended by a number of distinguished world leaders.

The Rwandan President was referring to a continued feeling of the body not meeting needs and expectations of its members, yet billions of dollars are channeled yearly in humanitarian assistance.

On having potent implementation systems, Kagame advised: “The essence of reform is a mindset of constantly striving to improve performance and delivery, and holding ourselves responsible for shortcomings and results.”

He, however, commended the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, for “the two important initiatives he championed this week, on United Nations reform, and response to sexual exploitation and abuse.”

He also called for support of the Secretary General in order to make the UN not only effective, but transformational, saying “We the tools and the mandates to address the global challenges of our day, from climate change, to peace-building, to human equality and development.”

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