Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jammeh: Human civilization on brink of catastrophe

Jammeh addresses 68th UNGA in 2013 where he identified “homosexuality” as one of “three biggest threats to human existence.”(Photo Credit: UN/Amanda Voisard)

Human civilization was teetering on the brink of catastrophe. Greed and exclusion led to international tensions, war, death and destruction, Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh said on Thursday.  

He told the 69th UN general assembly that there were lamentable inaction on the part of the United Nations as powerful Member States took advantage of weaker Members. 

“The founding fathers of the Organization had intended a world body committed to promoting the principles of peace and security, respectful of the cultural values of all peoples,” Jammeh said.  “To uphold those principles, the Member States needed to avoid all forms of aggression by exercising maximum restraint in their pursuit of national interests.”

Last year, Mr Jammeh identified “excessive greed”, “obsession with world domination”, and “homosexuality” as the three biggest threats to human existence.

On September 25, he said when there were wars, the world economy suffered. The United Nations must be an all-encompassing global body working in the service of all, and not just for a few.

Jammeh had also called for a United Nations investigation into the "man-made sinking" of boats carrying African migrants to Europe.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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