United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon called for an end to corruption in Madagascar stating that the UN is particularly concerned with the level of hunger in the country.
Ban Ki-moon made the call during his two day visit to the East African country where he addressed Malagasy parliamentarians to end the corruption that has weakened the island while launching a report on the cost of hunger in the country.
Ban Ki-moon said there is no place for torture in the modern world, including in Madagascar: “I urge you to end all rights violations, including mob justice and extrajudicial killings,” he insisted, applauding the country for abolishing the death penalty.
This Parliament has the democratic legitimacy to guide Madagascar in meeting the challenges ahead. You can end the corruption that has weakened Malagasy society. You can help fight the illegal trafficking of natural treasures. In this way, you can be fully accountable to the voters,” he told the Parliament.
Madagascar is faced with widespread poverty, weak economic growth and high unemployment, as well as bad water which is reportedly “among the worst in the world.” At the press conference with Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, The UN chief told reporters that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can help Madagascar open a new future.
“I am pleased that it is widely supported by the country’s officials and development partners. The United Nations will do everything possible to help this country reach the Sustainable Development Goals here,” he said.