From 15th to 29th September 2020, the President of the Republic of Burundi His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE participated in the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly by videoconference. The chosen theme is “the future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism, confronting covid-19 through effective multilateral action”.
In his speech to the Assembly, His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE began by giving thanks to the Almighty God who allowed them to hold a conference despite the coronavirus which prevented them from meeting in the hall of the General Assembly as it is customary.
In terms of domestic policy, His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE indicated that Burundi is very advanced in its process of consolidating peace and democracy, this is proved by the fact that Burundi organized free elections between May and August, democratic, transparent, peaceful and entirely financed by the own means of the Burundian taxpayer.
Regarding the humanitarian situation, His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE said that Burundi welcomes the massive and voluntary return of Burundian refugees who had fled the country following the ups and downs that have grieved Burundi in its history.
At the diplomatic level, His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE indicated that Burundi aims to build relations of friendship and cooperation based on the principle of mutual respect and the sovereign equality of States and that Burundi is open to countries and International organizations who wish to forge mutually beneficial and respectful cooperation relations.
Regarding the presence of Burundi on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council, His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE reiterated the legitimate call for Burundi’s immediate withdrawal from this agenda and to use this precious time to deal with the socio-economic development issues in order to support national efforts in the implementation of the National Development Plan of Burundi 2018-2027 and the sustainable development objectives of the 2030 agenda.
Regarding the coronavirus pandemic which has revealed the fragilities of the current world, His Excellency Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE suggested that international solidarity, cooperation and the promotion of multilateralism based on the rule of international law are needed to meet its challenges.
To conclude, HE the President of the Republic recalled that Burundi has never ceased to believe in international solidarity, multilateralism and in the rejection of muscle diplomacy. Through this windfall, Burundi reaffirms its commitment to take part in the construction of a world order based on the rule of law, a peaceful, equitable and prosperous world and respectful of the principles of the United Nations Charter.