Museveni meets UN Secretary General

President Museveni met with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement at Speke Resort Munyonyo

Guterres commended Uganda and President Museveni for their crucial role in peacekeeping and ensuring stability in the Great Lakes region. He also praised Uganda for its inclusive refugee policy.

President Museveni expressed his gratitude to the United Nations leadership for embracing Uganda’s long-standing proposal, along with those of other African countries, to receive support from the international community in handling security matters on the continent.

On Uganda’s refugee policy, the President stated that Uganda’s actions were deliberate, as most of the refugees hosted in Uganda are closely linked to the Ugandan people.

Later in a press conference, Guterres, said that halfway to the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals, many G-77 members are grappling with an economic hangover from the COVID-19 pandemic, crippling debts, a cost-of-living crisis, and sky-high borrowing costs.

He criticised the global financial system, including the Bretton Woods Institutions, for failing to provide a global safety net for developing countries in distress.

“I have proposed the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) stimulus of $500b a year in affordable, long-term finance for sustainable development and climate action.

He asked multilateral development banks to be adequately capitalised and to change their business models to leverage far more private finance for developing countries at a reasonable cost.

He said the SDG stimulus calls for urgent action on debt, including breathing space for countries facing unbearable repayment schedules.

He said that this calls for the expansion of contingency financing for countries in need, including through the re-channelling of the Special Drawing Rights of the IMF.

He noted that digital technologies have enormous potential for good, but they are also inflaming inequalities, and he cited the International Monetary Fund warning that artificial intelligence could make things even worse.

He supported calls for the reform of the United Nations Security Council to include two seats for Africa to deliberate on global security issues.

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