United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says people with different cultural backgrounds need dignity and respect. Mr. Ban notes homosexuals, lesbians and gays are people whose rights need to be dignified and respected by mankind.
ZANIS reports that the UN Chief said this in Lusaka today when he paid a courtesy call on First Republican President and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda at his Office in Kabulonga.
Mr. Ban observed and regretted that people’s rights were trampled upon instead of being respected. He thanked Dr. Kaunda for uniting Zambia and that he has become a source of inspiration to Africa and the world-over in terms of leadership and wise counsel.
Mr. Ban called for equal and fair treatment because the United Nations body respects human dignity and basic human rights. He further disclosed that UN cares for people living with HIV/AIDS and he was happy with the government’s strides in combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Mr. Ban said Zambia was on track and pledged to work with the Zambian government to achieve and realize the 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)in the coming years. Mr. Ban was accompanied to Dr. Kaunda’s Kabulonga Office by Foreign Affairs Minister, Given Lubinda and other senior government and UN officials.
And Dr. Kaunda said the visit by the UN chief has given Zambia a formidable ground to stand on.
Dr. Kaunda said Zambia continues to cherish the principles and purposes of UN which inter-alia enables humanity to co-exist in peace and harmony through promotion of peace, international co-operation and understanding.
Earlier, President Michael Sata hosted a luncheon for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Mr. Ban made the observation that presidential elections especially in Africa have become a source of conflict. Mr. Ban said that elections should be used as democratic mechanism to choose leaders and has since commended Zambia for having held democratic elections last year.
Mr. Ban added that this year, 25 elections are expected to take place in Africa and has hoped that the nations holding elections will emulate Zambia by having a peaceful transition of power. He added that it was an honor for him to be accorded an opportunity to address national assembly yesterday and also commended the Zambia for its commitment towards addressing global issues such as poverty, climate change, and hunger among others.
Mr. Ban has advised the Zambian government to reduce dependency on foreign aid. Mr. Ban said that Zambia and other developing countries should find ways of generating wealth locally saying this is key attaining national development.
And President Sata noted he was pleased to host Mr. Ban was also comes from a country that is on record of having faced challenges similar to those that Zambia is experiencing. The President also commended Mr. Ban for his commitment to promoting peace and enhancing women empowerment.