Africa Needs a Say

The refugee and migrant crisis, progress towards the sustainable development goals, climate change and global health were all top issues at last week’s UN General Assembly meeting. Yet the continent most affected by these—Africa—had little say, writes Sekou Toure Otondi, a PhD candidate at the University of Nairobi.

The refugee crisis attracted the assembly’s focus only because of the European crisis—this despite the fact that nearly 80% of the world’s refugees are hosted in poor countries, mostly in Africa.

And for the SDGs to be achieved, Africa needs to be “well represented at the top echelons of UN decision making organs and agencies” including the UN Security Council, Otondi argues.
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