The status of affairs on a global scale is extremely precarious, as seen by escalating prices, a warming climate, and ongoing violent wars. Macky Sall, President of Senegal and Chairperson of the African Union, spoke at the 77th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday. He talked about how dangerous terrorism is.
“The issue that the terrorist movement is making progress across the continent is not unique to Africa.” Because it is a global risk, the United Nations Charter gives the Security Council, which is in charge of the collective security system, the main responsibility for dealing with it. “It is up to the Security Council, which is in charge of the collective security system, to deal with it,” he said.
Throughout this, the first general assembly that took place in person since 2020, President Sall reaffirmed his appeal for a more effective representation of the African continent in the arena of international politics. He stated, “I would also like to remind you of our request for the African Union to be granted a seat within the G20, so that Africa can, at long last, be represented where decisions are taken that affect 1,400,000,000 Africans.” Another one of the Senegalese President’s requests was for the sanctions against Zimbabwe to be lifted.
Africa “does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War,” the chairperson of the African Union (AU) stated, referring to the mounting pressure on the continent’s leaders to choose sides in the conflict in Ukraine. The AU chairperson said that Africa “does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War.” Grain imports from Russia and Ukraine are extremely important for the economies of several African countries.
Despite the fact that there are shortages on the market, Russia’s Foreign Minister has pointed the finger at the West for driving up food prices. In the meantime, politicians in the West have said that the Kremlin is using food as a weapon in an imperialistic war to take over other countries.
During the Cold War, when the United States and the Soviet Union competed for influence on the continent, there were a number of proxy battles that tore the continent apart. Some analysts have termed the efforts by Russia and the United States the strongest lobbying campaigns since that time. South Africa, a continental powerhouse, is one of the nations that has chosen to maintain its neutrality. South Africa’s Minister of International Relations, Naledi Pandor, has said that the country’s main goal at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly the week after next will be to find a solution to the conflict in Ukraine.