Rwandan President calls on public, private sector to work together on climate change
On other pressing matters, he said World leaders must do more to address crises in Africa and the Middle East, adding that physical security and national identity were vital to sustainable nation-building and international peace and security.
Without them, gains in good governance would continue to suffer and erode, Mr. Kagame said. Change takes time; there are no short-cuts. Governments must include people in political processes. Good governance cannot flourish without the voices and concerns of people reflecting realities.
Managing diversity in societies and politics requires international commitment, he said, while noting negative experiences of nationalism are creating doubt about patriotism and national identity. Today, more than ever before, national identities are weak. In actuality, regionalism and religions have become the dominant force, tearing nations apart.
Mr. Kagame said his country is focused on building Government institutions that were held to account and on renewing national dignity. Rwandans are optimistic people who have faith in their Government and institutions, he added.
This year’s theme for the annual debate is “Delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda.” Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the General Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter.