On the second day of the United Nations General Assembly, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda delivered a powerful speech denouncing the injustices imposed on innocent people in conflicts worldwide. Kagame highlighted the migration crisis as an example, where refugees embark on perilous journeys each year in search of a better future.
During his address, President Kagame expressed Rwanda’s unwavering commitment to collaborating with partners, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to find lasting solutions to the migration crisis. He drew from Rwanda’s own experience, referencing the tragic events of the 1994 genocide that displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Kagame emphasized that Rwanda’s solidarity with refugees stems from their determination to prevent a recurrence of the tragedy they endured three decades ago.
“The tragedy inflicted on us nearly thirty years ago compels us to stand with those who suffer today. Rwanda remains determined to work with its partners, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to contribute to the search for a lasting solution. Our solidarity is rooted in our commitment never to allow a repetition of the tragedy that was inflicted on us nearly thirty years ago,” stated President Kagame.
The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly has been marked by ongoing discussions surrounding the war in Ukraine. Major powers have sought support from emerging countries against Russia, potentially overshadowing other critical global issues, including the climate crisis.
While geopolitical tensions persist, President Kagame’s address served as a reminder of the urgent need to prioritize humanitarian concerns, such as the migration crisis. By highlighting the importance of international solidarity and collective efforts, he urged the global community to address the underlying causes of displacement and work towards lasting solutions.
As the United Nations General Assembly continues its debates, the call for unity and cooperation to address pressing global challenges remains crucial. President Kagame’s words resonate as a reminder of the shared responsibility to protect innocent lives and prevent the recurrence of past tragedies.