The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has participated in the Ministerial session of the 19th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in Kampala, Uganda, from 17th to 18th January, 2024.
Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey presented a remark during the Plenary Session on January 18, 2024, emphasizing crucial concerns that NAM Member States must address and collaborate on.
She voiced sorrow over the devastation caused by war across the world, notably in Ukraine, Gaza, and portions of Africa, and expressed sympathy with all those afflicted by conflict.
The Minister also stressed the need of embracing digitalisation and its revolutionary potential, emphasizing the role of data, interconnectedness, analytics, and robotics breakthroughs in navigating the changing global scene.
She also emphasized the importance of gender equality, seeing it as a pool of untapped potential among half of the global population, encouraging creativity, innovation, and resilience for shared prosperity.
Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey emphasized the necessity to use the United Nations’ interrelated pillars to address the world’s multifaceted concerns.
She also acknowledged the necessity of collective action and advocated for a concerted effort to use the United Nations’ diplomatic framework to find comprehensive answers to critical global crises.
Ms Ayorkor Botchwey held bilateral talks with colleagues from Somalia, Panama, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania on the fringes of the Ministerial session. The talks focused on the commitment to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation, as well as the exploration of new channels for collaboration based on common interests.