President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has called on United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to champion reforms at the UN which will help promote and deepen international co-operation.

It is important that during Guterres’s tenure of office, he should ensure the implementation of reform of the UN Security Council and all other organs of the world body, the president said during a meeting held here on the sidelines of the 28th Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU).

The President urged the UN Secretary-General to see to the realisation of the Ezulwuni Consensus, a position on international relations and reform of the UN, agreed by the AU in 2005.

President Akufo-Addo was speaking at a breakfast meeting Sunday between African Heads of State and Government and the new UN Secretary-General in Addis Ababa.

The President recalled how he, as Ghana’s Foreign Minister and Chairman of the AU Ministerial conclave in Swaziland, in 2005, together with other African foreign ministers drafted the Ezulwuni Consensus, which called for a more representative and democratic UN Security Council.

The goal of the AU, as contained in the Ezulwuni Consensus, was to be fully represented in all the decision-making organs of the UN, particularly in the Security Council, which is the principal decision-making organ of the UN in matters relating to international peace and security.

Full representation of Africa on the Security Council would mean having not less than two permanent seats with all the prerogatives and privileges of permanent membership including the right of veto; five non-permanent seats.



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