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Akufo-Addo addresses UN General Assembly today

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will speak today at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Hall in New York City, United States, at the annual assembly of world leaders.

It will be his fifth address to the UN General Assembly as President, having already done so four times during his first tenure as President.

This is President Obama’s first address in his second term.

Except in 2020, when, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the international body turned to technology to address the global fraternity from the comfort of their offices, President Akufo-Addo took the podium in person.

When he takes the stage at the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York City’s Turtle Bay neighborhood, the President is anticipated to speak about two vexing concerns facing the world: stopping the COVID-19 pandemic and redefining the post-pandemic economy.

President Akufo-Addo is also expected to restate his demand for the developed world to recognize the urgent need for a more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines among all nations, regardless of their economic power, to combat the virus’s growing menace, which has been evolving.

Still, on the subject of the pandemic, the President is anticipated to make a strong argument for help for countries like Ghana, which have shown promising signs of manufacturing or replicating some of the vaccines, as well as placing themselves in a strong position to deal with future virus outbreaks.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which is headquartered in Accra and is known as the game-changer, is likely to be mentioned in the President’s speech because he has always argued that trade, not aid, is the magic wand that will transform Africa from its current state to a developed one.

Even though Africa contributes very little to global warming, it bears the brunt of the consequences of greenhouse gas emissions. Given such an unjust natural occurrence, President Akufo-Addo will urge his international counterparts to accelerate efforts to reverse the trend.

He is anticipated to make a forceful case for support in the war against rebels who are destabilizing countries in the bub-region as Chairman of ECOWAS.

In a similar spirit, the President will make a case for cooperation in the fight to eradicate piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which, according to the latest numbers from the International Maritime Bureau, remains the world’s piracy hotspot in 2021.

Ghana and Nigeria are at the forefront of the struggle.

President Akufo-Addo, who is also the co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs, is likely to speak about the need for UN reforms, particularly the makeup of the Security Council.

As a reminder, the President addressed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s lives, as well as the benefits of technology in those trying times, in his 2020 address.

He also mentioned the need to restructure the global financial system to allow developing countries access to new money, as well as a demand to reform the UN to reflect Africa’s Common Position on UN Reform, as outlined in the Ezulwini Consensus.

He also promised the world body that Ghana would hold transparent, free, fair, safe, and credible elections in December of that year, saying that “at the end of the elections, we will be proud of ourselves, Africa will have good reason to be proud of us, and the rest of the world will learn lessons from us.”

Last Friday, President Akufo-Addo and his entourage flew out of Ghana.

He had met with several organizations before today’s speech, including speaking at the 2021 SDGs Moment on Monday, the “Decade of Action”.

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