South Africa

His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa 

Statement Summary

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, President of South Africa, said that 75 years ago, pioneering women and men had united to save successive generations from the scourge of war.  The Organization must remain the foremost tool for international peace, he emphasized, adding that the United Nations system offers the best means for overcoming global challenges.  Only through multilateralism can the international community forge common strategies for the advancement of all.  The United Nations must be fit for purpose, adequately funded and representative in its decision‑making structures, he said, highlighting the role of regional bodies such as the African Union.  Global peace is not just about a world free of conflict; it is also about a world of inclusive economic growth and shared prosperity.