The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has called for a return to cooperative frameworks to address transnational challenges and cultivate international collaboration.
Speaking at the 3rd South Summit of the Group of 77 and China in Kampala, Uganda, last Sunday, the Minister said there was a need for heightened commitment to multilateralism and expressed concern about the prevalence of unilateral policies and actions across diverse areas, including political, economic and trade.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey also called for restructuring international financial frameworks to ensure equitable and unbiased access to financing for the global south.
Praising the Africa Group at the United Nations for its efforts in advancing inclusive and effective tax cooperation, she urged member states to unite in endorsing the appeals for reform within global institutions that may have deviated from their original commitments.
She also emphasised the importance of international support and solidarity in revitalising Member States economies to meet the aspiration of their citizens.
On the Israel and Palestine conflict, Madam Ayorkor Botchwey said, “The deteriorating conditions of the Palestinian people due to the ongoing conflict in the Gaza strip deeply troubles us. We reiterate the call for the cessation of hostilities, removal of impediments to humanitarian assistance and release of all hostages.”
Beyond the current issue in Palestine, she asked member states to prioritise the welfare of the most vulnerable.
Joyce Adwoa Animia Ocran, ISD