The Secretary-General’s landmark report Our Common Agenda has only increased in value since it was released a year ago. But he warns that the perception that the international system is no longer up to the task is only deepening.
International cooperation can solve challenges
Despite the shortcomings, he marked that global health is an example of how international cooperation can successfully solve “problems that matter to us all”.
In his address to the annual high-level debate at the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Kagame expressed gratitude to the Global Fund to Fight Disease, Tuberculosis and Malaria for saving countless lives. people in Africa and beyond, while strengthening health systems;
To increase the resilience of Africans to future pandemics, he stressed that “external funding must go hand in hand with increasing domestic financing for health.” He said efforts are underway to work with partners to bring vaccine production to the continent.
The blame game doesn’t solve the problem
The Rwandan president cited the security situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has left neighboring countries facing “completely preventable” cross-border attacks. Supporting the political will to find and address the root causes of instability in the eastern DRC, he stated that “the blame game does not solve the problem”.
He also expressed support for regional initiatives as a complement to UN efforts to counter terrorism and build peace, citing successful efforts. efforts in this area in the Central African Republic and the prevention of violent extremism in northern Mozambique by Rwanda and the South African Development Community (SADC).
The future is digital
He commended the decision to host the Education Transformation Summit, emphasizing his view that the future of billions of children and young people worldwide depends on overcoming the challenges of peace. access and quality of education as the world recovers from the pandemic.
Mr. Kagame continued to call for public-private partnerships to create jobs for young people across the continent and to invest equitably in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. “The future is digital,” he declared, advocating high-quality digital jobs as a practical response to irregular migration and bridging the income gap between rich economies. exists and is growing.