At the UN General Assembly this afternoon, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Equatorial Guinea, Agapito Mba Mokuy, said the world is witnessing an overwhelming and incessant wave of immigrants who are fleeing from conflict zones, particularly in Iraq and Syria, as well as in Africa, towards Europe, in the hope of finding a tranquil area in which to live.
Terrorism continues killing innocent victims in all regions of the world, which is a real threat to the well-being and development of humankind, he said. In addition, he stressed that political instabilities threaten the lives of millions of human beings in many countries, while others suffer as a result of economic crises, malnutrition and poverty.
“In such a complicated world that we live in today, the role of the United Nations is even more essential than ever,” the Foreign Minister said, calling for unity in having a true democratic atmosphere prevail at the Organization to protect the planet, help one another mutually, and work towards universal values.
“In this way, we can strengthen our United Nations and assure a better future for coming generations,” he added.
Turning to progress made in his country, he said that as part of its goal of becoming an emerging country in 2020, the Government of Equatorial Guinea has fully integrated sustainable development objectives in its development programme, entitled “Horizon Programme 2020.”
Under this programme, the Government is prioritizing economic and social transformation, through development and inclusive and sustainable growth, related to modern infrastructure, improved quality of life for citizens, economic diversification, and good governance, he said.
He also congratulated the Government of the United States for re-establishing a dialogue with Cuba.