“The only enemy that remains a threat to citizens, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is common to all of us, is poverty,” Evariste Ndayishimiye declared.
The Head of State was talking at UN Headquarters on the third day of the high-level week of the General Assembly. After being held just about final yr, this yr’s gathering options “hybrid” actions that embrace leaders in individual together with digital individuals.
The Burundian chief famous that his nation celebrates, in 2021, six many years of independence and membership within the United Nations.
“It is, therefore, a moment to remember that the United Nations played a big role because since the end of the First World War, Burundi was managed under the mandate of the League of Nations and then of the United Nations,” he mentioned.
A second for hope
Pointing to the theme of this yr’s debate, A Presidency of Hope, he mentioned it has particular which means for Burundians.
“Not only in the face of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the consequences of these repetitive crises that have been perpetrated in the country with complete impunity,” he defined.
To overcome these difficulties, he mentioned his Government recognized quite a few priorities within the National Development Plan of Burundi, PND 2018-2027. He known as the initiative “an ambitious and transformative program that can accelerate the process of socio-economic development.”
On the problem of good governance and social justice, he mentioned “the fight against corruption, economic embezzlement and the fight against impunity are among the priorities of the Government.”
Turning to peace and safety, he mentioned it is “undeniable” that worldwide group has had some successes preventing terrorism, however it should acknowledge that it is “far from having developed a common, adequate and effective strategy to annihilate this scourge.”
“Beyond the necessary military action, the effective fight against terrorism includes a fight against radicalization, which is rooted in ignorance, poverty, youth unemployment and illiteracy,” he argued.
He added that his Government is involved in regards to the proliferation of terrorism within the area, together with within the japanese area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the place extremist teams “recruit unemployed young people who blindly kill peaceful and innocent citizens.”
“I remain convinced that these groups pose a threat not only to our region but to all humanity”, he mentioned.
It is on this context that, since 2007, Burundi has made navy and police contingents out there to the United Nations and the African Union, he knowledgeable. These officers proceed to serve in international locations corresponding to Somalia and the Central African Republic.
Human rights points
Mr. Ndayishimiye additionally made a be aware about the UN Human Rights Council, saying of that physique’s work that “any tendency to single out Burundi by attaching special human rights mechanisms to it is simply counterproductive.”
“In practice, the Government has focused on the protection of human rights, respect for democratic principles, freedoms of opinion, expression and the press,” he assured. “A lot of effort has been made thanks to the establishment of an almost permanent dialogue between political parties, the media and the public authorities.”
He additionally famous that his nation welcomes refugees and Burundians who return to their nation. He defined that, since July 2020, greater than 75,000 refugees returned voluntarily, including to greater than 50,000 who returned with out going via specialised UN companies.
“With peace and security restored, Burundian refugees, including political actors, are returning overwhelmingly and are greeted with love and dignity,” he assured.
Lastly, he welcomed the “historic decision” of the Security Council and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to take away Burundi from their political agendas in recognition of the return of peace.