54 member states from Africa, 2013..what's different about UN and Africa This year, According to NA, Not much.
It is a given that times have changed at the United Nations, and the organization itself is changing. But there are still some lingering issues when it comes to Africa. For example, why does a continent with 54 UN member countries still not have a permanent seat on the Security Council? This month, we devote our cover story to the African influence at the UN and what weight our ambassadors there exercise over decisions. Apparently not very much, if what one African ambassador said is any guide. He told our correspondent, Celhia de Lavarene, who wrote this piece: “I do believe that African diplomats are treated less than others because of the dependency the UN have developed on the superpowers… Yes, of course, things have changed, but you still have the same kind of racism as before, the same kind of approach when it comes to Africa, depending on the country of course. The continent is still divided into two parts: the rich and the poor. On the one hand, you have the countries that have oil and other natural resources that the West needs, and there are the other countries that have very little resources. So let’s be honest, nothing has changed!” Welcome to the UN, 2013.
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