The fifty fifth plenary session of the United Nations Normal Meeting on Wednesday paid tribute to late president Hage Geingob, celebrating him as a visionary chief who had the very best pursuits of Namibia and Africa at coronary heart.
Secretary-Normal of the United Nations António Guterres stated the late Geingob was a person with a outstanding presence and skill to attach with everybody he met.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that president Geingob devoted his life to his nation.
Many people will always remember the picture of him kissing Namibian floor on his return after years in exile from his early years of activism throughout Namibia’s independence battle and towards the rank cruelty of apartheid, to his dwelling function creating the Namibian structure, which has equality and human rights,” expressed Guterres.
He stated his years of service first as Prime Minister after which as president of Namibia formed him. This additionally formed Namibia, as he promoted gender equality, championed clear power, and shaped a robust alliance of worldwide solidarity embodied within the United Nations.
Guterres stated at present, values which Geingob stood for are underneath assault all over the world. Worldwide legislation is being flouted, rights are being trampled upon, authoritarianism is on the rise, and inequality is rampant. “As we pay tribute to the reminiscence of president Geingob, allow us to decide to honouring the values that he stood for by combating racism, misogyny and injustice, by standing up for human rights and dealing to construct a extra equal world wherein nobody is left behind,” he continued.
A consultant from the Asia Pacific group, UAE deputy UN ambassador Mohammed Abushahad, stated president Geingob was a visionary chief who fought for the independence of Namibia, and remained a tireless advocate for the development and well-being of its folks. “We are going to bear in mind his excellency getting up as a frontrunner who pushed for Africa on the world stage, and a robust proponent of worldwide cooperation and diplomacy, who made an indelible mark on the tapestry of worldwide relations. We reaffirm our dedication to uphold the values and ideas of unity and cooperation that president Geingob championed, and pledge to proceed working in the direction of a world of peace, stability and prosperity,” said Abushahad.
USA consultant Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated she met the late Geingob over a decade in the past in Kenya, after they occurred to take a seat subsequent to one another at an occasion. “Whereas I do not bear in mind a lot about that occasion, I do bear in mind being instantly taken by the then Prime Minister’s signature charisma and idealism. We have been simply making small speak when he paused, and he stated and not using a trace of irony ‘you realize I’ll be the subsequent president of Namibia’. I laughed, and informed him what number of occasions I had heard that phrase uttered throughout Africa by so many wannabe presidents,” she recalled.
Thomas-Greenfield added that the late chief did his half in lowering financial inequality, widening the social security internet, bettering public well being, and combating towards local weather change – all whereas modelling the values of respect and reconciliation for his nation and for folks throughout the continent.
She stated: “It’s notable although unsurprising that president Geingob died as he lived, with transparency and braveness. Geingob was a freedom fighter, and a revered chief; he was an African icon and a farmer. He planted, ploughed and prayed for rain, and believed within the energy of farmers to struggle meals insecurity and carry our communities.”
Everlasting Consultant of Namibia to the United Nations, Neville Gertze, stated president Geingob’s formative years was devoted to activism, first throughout the nation the place he served as a instructor and later throughout his 27 years in exile, the place he championed the reason for Namibia’s independence on the premise of freedom, justice and self-determination.
“The United Nations was a central tenet to the execution of his service to humanity throughout his time as a small pool consultant to the United Nations and the Americas. President Geingob labored tirelessly to have Swapo recognised because the soul and genuine consultant of the Namibian folks, leading to its observer standing granted via Normal Meeting decision 31/152 of 1976,” he highlighted. Gertze stated Geingob spent a minimum of 14 years strolling the corridors of the UN, combating for recognition of the plight of the folks of Namibia.
“As a former instructor, president Geingob had a deep ardour for training, which is mirrored in his pursuit for data and his dedication to getting ready technocrats on the United Nations Institute for Namibia with the requested governance and public administration abilities,” he said.
Gertze continued that in anticipation of Namibia’s impending independence, this spoke to his visionary management. Therefore, after 27 years in exile, the late president returned to Namibia to implement UN Safety Council decision 435, laying the bottom for UN-supervised elections in November 1989.
The president of the UN Normal Meeting, Dennis Francis from Trinidad and Tobago, stated president Geingob was a towering determine in historical past and politics, and a beacon of management on the African continent.
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“Because the third president of impartial Namibia, the legacy of the late president is indelibly arched within the historical past of his nation’s liberation battle, and the following journey of freedom, democracy and prosperity,” he noticed. Francis stated his outstanding life journey epitomised true resilience, dedication and unwavering dedication to the beliefs of justice and equality, whereas his management was characterised by inclusivity, pragmatism and a deep perception within the energy of dialogue and cooperation. As chair of the constituent meeting, Geingob performed a pivotal function in drafting Namibia’s structure, laying the muse for a democratic and pluralistic society all through his tenure as Namibia’s first Prime Minister and later as President.
On the UN, Geingob is credited to have agitated relentlessly for multilateralism in recognition of the significance of worldwide cooperation and understanding in addressing international challenges.
Francis said that that is “a contribution for which we will probably be eternally grateful, and his impassioned advocacy for sustainable growth and renewable power earned him admiration and respect on the world stage.” – firstname.lastname@example.org