Despite the many varied crises facing us, it remains possible to have a deeply optimistic view of the world. We are a global family with an abiding interest in bettering the world, dependent on each other to provide services to mankind, explained Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Gambia.
The Gambia emphasizes public and cultural diplomacy as a political instrument to tackle domestic challenges, contribute to the global discourse, and achieve international outcomes. The geopolitical response to COVID-19 has been unequal, Tangara explained. Although the world is a global village, African countries are struggling to build back better, saddled with weaknesses in their health systems. Human dignity and progress for the next generation requires increased focus.
Tangara reiterated the value of democracy as a catalyst for better governance, greater security, and human development. The Sahel region has seen retrenchment into flash points, suffering from terrorism, organized crime, and extra-judicial killings. He implored the international community to work together to combat the menace and appealed to our shared aspirations for improvement.
We are at the threshold of an emerging geopolitical landscape which includes transformational changes in global politics, economics, technological advancement, and environmental resilience.
Together, we can share the benefit of building more ladders of opportunity and making our countries more prosperous, our economies more vibrant and, consequently, earn from our fellow citizens their best appreciation for better livelihoods.