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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has drawn attention to the urgent need to reform the United Nations. According to President Akufo-Addo, UN reforms have been talked about and scheduled for a long time; but somehow the courage and the will have never been found to reform the United Nations. “Ghana supports the process of UN Reform, especially of the UN Security Council, as set out in Africa’s Common Position on UN Reform, based on the Ezulwini Consensus. The time is long overdue to correct the longstanding injustice that the current structure and composition of the UN Security Council represent for the nations of Africa,” the President said. He continued, “We cannot continue to preach democracy and fairness around the world, we cannot insist on peace and justice around the world, when our global organisation is not seen by the majority of its members as having a structure that is just and fair. It is, indeed, seen by many as helping to perpetuate an unfair world order.” The UN, President Akufo-Addo stressed, provides the best vehicle for the world to manage its many varied problems, adding that “we would undermine its credibility and fail in our duty if we do not reform the United Nations. We dare not let ourselves and future generations down. The time for reform has come.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, 21st September, 2017, when he delivered his address at the 72nd Session of the United General Assembly, currently ongoing at New York.  In talking about sustainable relations, the President noted that Africa, and, indeed, Ghana, remains committed to remaining a nuclear weapon-free continent. It is for this reason, he said, that three weeks ago, highly-enriched uranium was flown out of Ghana back to China, signalling the end of the removal of all such material from the country. “Our nuclear reactor has, subsequently, been converted to use low-enriched fuel for power generation. A world, free of nuclear weapons, must be in all our collective interest,” he added.  President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed Ghana’s commitment to maintaining friendly and cordial relations with all the countries and peoples of the world. “The full engagement of Ghana, through the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in the process of West African integration, and through the African Union (AU), in the process of African integration, remains a goal of my government. Regional and continental integration are in Ghana’s interest, as they represent one of the surest ways towards establishing the conditions for prosperity in our region and on the continent in the decades ahead, as well as helping to ensure peace and security and combating the scourges of terrorism, extremism and intolerance,” he noted. The conflicts that continue to plague our continent in Libya, South Sudan, Congo DRC, and Mali, the President said, would be more effectively resolved if the international community was to support, not undermine, the efforts of our regional and continental organisations to deal with them. President Akufo-Addo assured further that “Ghana will also continue to be active in the multilateral organisations to which we belong, such as La Francophonie, the Commonwealth of Nations, and this United Nations, because we believe multilateral action and international co-operation are in the interest of all of us.”

African Heads of State at the ongoing Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, are considering proposals aimed at reforming the continental body, so as to make it more relevant to the needs and aspirations of the African peoples. At a retreat organized by the AU Commission for the Heads of State on Sunday, January 29, 2017, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, who was tasked by the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly to lead the latest initiative to reform the continental organization, outlined a raft of initiatives to this end. Describing the AU as a “highly dysfunctional organization”, President Kagame, in his presentation, catalogued a wide-range of problems which have plagued the Union since its inception in July 2002 as the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) – the body which successfully led Africa's struggle against colonialism and apartheid. According to him, inadequate funding, a bloated AU Commission, a weak Pan-African Parliament, the lack of clear priorities and weak linkages between the AU and the Regional Economic Communities are among the challenges that have impeded the progress of the AU. These problems, he added, are making it difficult for the AU to implement decisions taken at its Summits. Consequently, the AU had become a mere bureaucracy that is largely “divorced” from the African citizenry. To make the AU more effective and efficient, President Paul Kagame proposed the outlining of clear priorities in areas that affect the continent, such as in peace and security, integration and good governance. He also called for a leaner organization that was structured around the priorities of the AU. His report also recommended that ways be found to make decisions taken at Summits binding on member states, without necessarily turning the AU Commission into a bureaucratic dictatorship. Another significant proposal by President Kagame is to give the Chairperson of the AU Commission the authority to appoint his or her own Deputy, so that appointees are more effectively supervised. This implied a review of the Constitutive Act in order to accommodate the structural and legal implications of the proposed reforms. At the end of President Kagame's presentation, it became obvious that what he and his team were calling for was a significant reform of the AU. In the discussions that ensued, all the speakers agreed on the need for reforming the AU, and making it more responsive as well as capable of meeting the aspirations of ordinary Africans. On his part, President Akufo-Addo welcomed the recommendations contained in the President Kagame's report and urged the Assembly to speed up the implementation of the proposals contained in his report. The President recalled that similar discussions had taken place in Accra when Ghana hosted the 9th Ordinary Session of the Assembly, and urged his colleague Heads of State to be genuinely interested and committed to the integration process of the African continent, stressing that unless the challenges facing the continental body are addressed honestly, then the proposed reforms would not make the desired impact.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has requested ECOWAS co-mediator on Gambia, former President John Mahama, to represent him at the ECOWAS Mini-summit to be hosted by the Mediator, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in Abuja today, January 9, 2017. The President is of the view that the continuing involvement of former President Mahama in the mediation process in the Gambia would assist the process. Other leaders attending the mini-summit are the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Governments, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and the Presidents of Senegal and Sierra Leone respectively. ……signed…… Eugene Arhin Ag. Director of Communications

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, announce the names of 35 persons he intends appointing as Ministers, pending their approval by Parliament. The announcement will take place at the Presidency at 10am. ……signed…… Eugene Arhin Ag. Director of Communications

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