President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated the United Nations (UN) for surviving all the years and said the concept of the UN is important particularly if the global body sticks to its main points as stated in the UN charter.
Museveni described the United Nations concept as a civilized one adding that it is a realization of having minimum standards to the international diversities.
“I congratulate the UN for surviving all the crises. The concept of the UN is important because we need to have a minimum code of conduct in international affairs,” said President Museveni.
The President was speaking during the inaugural dinner that he and the 1st Lady, Janet Museveni hosted at State House, Entebbe to commemorate the United Nations’ 74 years and Uganda’s 57 years as a UN member state according to a news release issued by the Uganda Media Centre over the weekend.
Museveni, however, asked the United Nations body to concentrate on the Inter-State relations. He at this juncture re-echoed former Tanzanian President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who said that ‘independence meant freedom to make our own mistakes.’
The President further called on the UN to let people manage their own internal affairs adding “let them make their own mistakes and learn from them.”
He used the occasion to identify the two major problems of man as being oppression by nature and oppression of man by a fellow man saying that once people understand these two things, it becomes easy for them to grapple and look for solutions to those challenges.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms Rosa Malango commended President Museveni and the Government of Uganda for the humanitarian efforts especially the country’s hospitality to refugees, support to peace and security operations as well as the development agendas.
She noted that sustainable development goals represent a universal call to action to end poverty and protect planet earth as well as ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.