• September 26, 2022 8:10 pm

We have been left behind, Chakwera tells United Nations (UN) family

Sep 23, 2022

By Cedric Nkungula

President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera says the reason global economy is currently on fire is because Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and smaller economies have been left behind to participate in resolving challenges affecting the entire continent.

Speaking on Thursday night at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Chakwera who is also the current LDC’s chairperson complained that despite the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s promise to leave no one behind, a principle which the UN is also committed to, three and a half years after the commitment was made, smaller nations and younger democracies are feeling much farther behind than before.

“For instance, we all know that climate change is a global problem that will never be solved unless all nations solve it together yet months after Malawi end its SDG gains were set backwards by two tropical storms in quick succession, we have been left behind. We all know that pandemics are a global problem that will never be solved unless nations solve it together yet in the roll out of vaccines and application of travel restrictions, we have been left behind,” emphasized Chakwera.

“We all know that regional insecurity is a global problem that will never be solved until all nations solve it together yet in the participation of UN security council decisions that affect us, we have been left behind. And we all know that food shortage is a global problem that will never be solved until all nations solve it together yet in the allocation of international facilities for agro based and debt distressed economies, we have been left behind. And as a result of our collective negligence, the globe economy is now a house on fire yet we continue to use evacuation methods that rush some nations out to safety while leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves in the burning building.”

To get all those lagging behind back on track, Chakwera said the only thing to do is to concentrate the UN’s support on the most vulnerable so that they can catch up.

The Malawi leader mentioned that unsustainable debt levels is one problem in desperate need of a solution for most LDC’s.

“Recently the managing director of the International Monetary Fund called on the world’s major leaders to show leadership by relieving vulnerable countries of the debts that are shackling them because even the loans that were given and received in good faith have become unsustainable in the recent and current climate of relentless and unforeseen external shocks. I therefore join her in reiterating that call and I commend the People’s Republic of China for leading by example by fulfilling the pledge it made at last year’s Forum for China – Africa Cooperation (FOFAC) to forgive interest free loans owed by 17 African countries,” he added.

“Let this be the beginning of breaking the chains holding vulnerable countries back not the end because when we say that we are leaving no one behind, this is one way to put our money where our mouth is.”

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