PM asks for aid in anti-graft fight
PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane has called on the country’s development partners to join forces with the Lesotho government in its crusade to root-out corruption at all levels.
Dr Thabane made the call in his Friday address to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York in the United States of America.
The assembly was convened under the theme “Focusing on people – striving for peace and a decent life for all in a sustainable planet”.
Dr Thabane said the 72nd session took place at a critical juncture when the world was slowly regressing towards the horrors of World War II (1939 to 1945) which preceded the formation of the UNO in October 1945.
Dr Thabane said the ongoing inter and intrastate conflicts characterised by the global refugee crisis and the spread of terrorism threatened to erode strides the UN had made in effectively resolving conflicts.
“As if this is not enough, the respect for human rights and the rule of law, which are the principles that speak to the fibre of the United Nations continue to be flouted with impunity,” Dr Thabane said, adding, “Women and children in particular face the worst brutal forms of abuses, especially in conflict-ridden countries”.
He said poverty also continued to be a dreadful affliction on developing countries, undermining their efforts to grow their economies.
“The complexities that characterise humanity’s existence on this planet and the inequalities that prevail between the developed and under-developed countries would be a thing of a past if we were to remain true to our mission and focus on people in our development path.
“Whereas SDGs ( sustainable development goals) embrace the concept of universal prosperity for all societies, we are also aware in essence that this ideal is still far from being realised.
“We need to cooperatively move forward to achieve peace and a decent life for all. It is incumbent upon the entire international community to act in unison as we strive to restore peace and deploy a universal response to our set ideals,” Dr Thabane said.
He said his government was cognisant that Lesotho’s destiny was “in our hands”
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