Uganda calls for UN-partner organisations’ funding


GIVE US MORE SAY: Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni has called for improved working relations between the UN and small regional groupings like the EAC

Regional and sub-regional organisations working with the United Nations need financial support from the rest of the world, the President of the UN General Assembly Sam Kutesa has said.

Kutesa was speaking at the beginning of a high-level thematic debate in New York, Monday, focusing on strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional groupings.

The meeting focused on concrete measures that can be taken to build and strengthen strategic partnerships between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations.

It also focused on what needs to be done to strengthen mechanisms to promote common understanding and effective coordination across a range of issues including conflict prevention and mediation. There are over 25 regional and sub-regional organizations that have established formal relationships with the United Nations.

They include large groups such as the Association of the South East Asian Nations known as ASEAN, the European Union and the Caribbean Community or CARICOM. Many of the smaller groups do not have enough money to work effectively, according to General Assembly President, Sam Kutesa. He asked the international community to identify, what he called, “concrete proposals” for addressing the funding issue.

“These organizations continue to make a significant contribution but several of them remain constrained by lack of financial, technical and logistical resources. It is incumbent upon us to find ways of ensuring predictable and sustainable financing for regional and sub regional organizations especially in cases where they undertake peacekeeping operations under the UN mandate” he added.

Kutesa’s call was echoed by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, as he delivered his keynote address to the gathering Tuesday. The Ugandan leader called for the restructuring of the UN such that organisations like the East African Community (EAC), COMESA, and SADC among others could have more say and influence on the issues of the day.

In a related development, The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has officially asked Museveni to intervene in the Burundi crisis to stop the situation from spiraling out of control, says Uganda’s President’s Office.

The Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza is battling strong protests from the public as he tries to run for the 3rd term in next month’s election. The country’s constitution bars him from standing.

Nkurunziza has the police on his side, and CNDD-FDD’s youth wing Imbonerakure, whereas the country’s military is on the side of determined protestors. The constitutional court yesterday okayed the president’s move.