Kinshasa, September 21st, 2021 (CPA).– The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and current President of the African Union (AU), Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, will speak on Tuesday afternoon at the rostrum of the 76th United Nations General Assembly.
Previously, the Head of State had, on the menu of his activities, a face-to-face with the General Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, before his grand oral, CPA learned on Monday from an official source.
This session, which comes after the virtual one in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is placed under the theme « Building on hope to strengthen resilience, in order to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of individuals and revitalize the United Nations ”, it is announced.
Welcoming the Head of State in New York
The President of DRC and current Chairman of AU, who is taking part in this 76th session of the General Assembly alongside other leaders of the planet, will speak in 11th position, following the protocol order prepared for the occasion by the UN administration.
The Congolese Head of State’s first address to the United Nations was made on September 26th, 2019, the first year of his mandate, while that of September 2020 was by videoconference, for the reason mentioned above.
UN/2020: Félix Tshisekedi concerned about the environment
Last year, in his speech delivered by videoconference on the occasion of the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations, it is recalled that President Felix Tshisekedi was very concerned about the environment, noting the fact that climate change poses a threat to man and his fundamental rights, particularly to vulnerable populations.
« Our action in favor of the climate and the green economy is not simply a necessity, but rather an emergency and an obligation for a peaceful and sustainable future », he said.
The Congolese head of state also remembered the commitments made at the 74th United Nations General Assembly, in particular that of establishing school gardens in DRC and reaching more or less one billion (1,000, 000,000) of trees planted by 2030.
According to him, this program aims to « carry out a major community project of ecological restoration with strong socio-economic benefits, in particular for the benefit of urban and rural populations ».
UN / 2019: Felix Tshisekedi for an adapted mandate from MONUSCO
In addition, during the 74th session of the General Assembly, President Felix Tshisekedi delivered, on September 26th, 2019, from the UN rostrum, a speech particularly linked to insecurity in the eastern part of DRC and called on the international community to sanction all sources of supply and support to armed groups.
On this occasion, he pleaded for the increase of the operational capacity of MONUSCO intervention brigade, by providing it with special units, adding that his country’s greatest challenge is that of peace, security and stability.
« I note a convergence of views with the General Secretary on the urgent need to readjust the configuration of MONUSCO to the evolution of the situation on the ground, by concentrating more efforts on the operational intervention capacities of UN forces alongside the armed forces of DRC”, declared President Tshisekedi in New York, in front of his counterparts.
« Some of the rebel movements, in particular ADF-MTN, operate through terrorist acts consistent with their membership of Daesh, which constitutes a new threat both for my country and for the sub-region », he announced at the time, speaking of the persistent aggression in the east of the country.
The Head of State arrived in New York on Monday, in the wee hours of the morning, by John F. Kennedy international airport in New York where he was greeted, at the foot of the plane, by the ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the United States, François Balumuene, before returning to his occasional residence. ACP /