WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has re-iterated the call for the comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council.
Addressing the first-ever high-level UN meeting on the Rule of Law at national and international levels on Tuesday in New York, Pohamba said the current composition and structure of the Security Council is ‘unrepresentative and undemocratic’.
”We believe strongly that the application and practice of the rule of law, especially at international level, will only have true meaning within the spirit of the UN Charter if it is based on the principle of sovereign equality of all states, big and small,” Pohamba was quoted as saying in his statement made available to Nampa on Tuesday.
The Namibian Head of State encouraged the Security Council to always coordinate with regional organisations in the fulfillment of its mandate, including conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and sustainable peace-building.
“It is also our duty to ensure that we avoid the perception that certain international institutions are used to advance the interests of certain member states at the disadvantage of others,” he noted.
Pohamba further said that the operations of institutions such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) should, at all times, be guided by fairness and objective assessment to ensure justice.
He indicated that in order for the UN to fulfill its mandate of protecting humanity from the scourge of war, all member states of the UN should refrain from the threat or use of force in any manner that is inconsistent with the purposes and principles of justice and international law, the right to self-determination, non-interference in internal affairs of states, respect for human rights and respect of equal rights of all without distinction as to race, language, religion, cultural or social character.
Pohamba told the gathering that Namibia was founded upon the principles of democracy, the rule of law and justice for all.
“In keeping with its commitment of the rule of law and multilateralism, our country has acceded to the relevant international treaties and conventions, which promote the rule of law.
We have also joined sub-regional, regional and international organisations such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) in order to help foster a system of international governance based on respect for the sovereign equality of states, territorial integrity and other principles related to the peaceful co-existence among states based on the purpose and ideals of the UN Charter,” he stated.
The high-level UN meeting on the Rule of Law is part of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly.
The Head of State and his delegation are expected back home on Saturday.