Tanzania expresses support to UN reforms

by Xinhua

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Augustine Mahiga, Tanzania's foreign affairs minister

DAR ES SALAAM – Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Augustine Mahiga has said Tanzania supported reforms by the United Nations aimed at making the global body more vibrant in addressing challenges facing the world today, a statement by ministry said on Monday.

Addressing the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday in New York, Mahiga said the reforms undertaken by the UN will improve its work on humanitarian response, development and sustaining peace initiatives, said the statement.

Tanzania’s top diplomat, speaking on behalf of President John Magufuli, said the world was facing challenges that called for immediate attention and resolution.

“By working together in a constructive spirit, world leaders can assure our children, the future they deserve,” said Mahiga, who led the east African nation’s delegation to the UN General Assembly.

He added: “This positive momentum also positions the United Nations and the African Union to work more closely together. Concrete steps can be taken on both sides to improve the quality of coordination and consultation.”

“We hope in the process of implementing these latest reform proposals, the debates will be all inclusive and progress will be made on the basis of consensus,” he said.

Mahiga said: “We have the tools and the mandates to address the global challenges of our day, from climate change to peace-building to human equality and development.”

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