African Union leader urges overhaul of global governance

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Senegal’s President Macky Sall, who heads the African Union, on Monday deplored the “lack of coherence” from the world’s governing bodies and called for a reform of the system.

Sall hit out at the failings of the UN Security Council and the G20 group of major economies as he listed the problems facing Africa, from extremism, climate change and health crises to the impact of war in Ukraine and a spate of coups.

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“You have to admit that the picture is not pretty,” Sall told the opening of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security.

“Terrorism which is gaining ground on the continent is not only an African affair, it’s a global threat,” he told the annual forum branded “Africa in the face of external shocks: stability and sovereignty challenges.”

Sall said multilateralism had to “serve the interests of all” or else face the “loss of legitimacy and authority.”

“The inertia of the Security Council in the fight against terrorism in Africa carries with it the breakdown of the multilateral system,” the AU chairman warned.

“Faced with terrorism, the United Nations’ classic operations have shown their limits,” he added.

“We need to change the doctrine of peacekeeping operations, which have to be modernized to take full account of terrorism, including in Africa.”

Sall said he was not glossing over problems “whose solutions are our responsibility,” referring to a series of military coups that have shaken West Africa in recent years.

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