H.E. Mr. Téte António

Statement Summary

TÉTE ANTÓNIO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Angola, said that many countries are still plagued by poverty, hunger and economic inequality. These factors contribute to increased armed conflict, extremism and the forced displacement of entire communities, especially in the poorest and least-developed countries. He called for the Organization to implement significant structural changes, especially the long-awaited reform of the Security Council. To this end, Africa must have two permanent seats on the Council, along with five non-permanent seats enjoying full rights and privileges. He also urged support for United Nations efforts to combat climate change, stressing that if the world continues to deplete natural resources, future conflicts based on climate challenges — such as drought, desertification, forest fires and shortages of food and water — will displace communities around the world.