His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba

Statement Summary

ALI BONGO ONDIMBA, President of Gabon, said that the eyes of the entire world are fixed on the United Nations.  People around the globe aspiring to live in full dignity are scrutinizing the decisions of world leaders more closely than ever before.  Calling on the international community to awaken fully to its interdependence, he added that the United Nations should become a hub of solidarity.  One of the lessons of this pandemic is that multilateralism is not optional, it is demanded by universal consciousness.  Giving free range to neo-isolationism and fatalism would result in tearing down what was already achieved.  Calling for a root and branch reform of the organs of the United Nations, he stressed that Africa deserves to take its place fully among the permanent and non-permanent members of the Security Council.