Angola: President João Lourenço Arrives in New York

New York — The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, arrived this Wednesday afternoon in New York to participate in the debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, taking place from 21 to 27 September 2021.

Accompanied by the First Lady, Ana Dias Lourenço, the President of the Republic landed in New York from Washington, the American political capital, where he participated in another working agenda that resulted in establishing partnerships between Angola and some American personalities.

One of these partnerships will make it possible to electrify all the country's municipalities and its main communes, in a project valued at US$1.5 billion to be carried out by the American company Sun Africa.

In New York, the Angolan statesman's agenda begins on Thursday, 23, with his intervention in the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which was opened on Tuesday with interventions from his counterparts of Brazil and the United State of America.

Previous presences at the UN

President Lourenço first intervention was last September 26, 2021, at the time of his first anniversary of taking over the power as President of Angola, but he returned to New York, in June of this year, as acting president of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL),in a meeting of the Security Council on the Central African Republic (CAR).

At the time, João Lourenço considered that the organization is still "far from fulfilling what is in its charter", and exemplified with the "old conflicts still to be resolved", such as the Israeli-Palestinian case, among others.

These and other situations lead many voices to demand deep reforms at the UN, according to President João Lourenço, who said he believes that a reformulation of the Security Council will better fulfill its great responsibilities in managing and resolving conflicts and preventing wars.

João Lourenço considers it necessary to expand the number of permanent seats on the Security Council, to include Africa and South America, given that the current composition dominated by the victorious powers of the Second World War "no longer reflects the need for a fairer global geostrategic balance".

Angola was admitted as a member of the United Nations in 1976, shortly after national independence, on 11 November 1975.

The country was twice on the UN Security Council, as a non-permanent member (2003-2004 and 2015-2016), and assumed the rotating presidency of this body, in November 2003 and March 2016.

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