united-nations-headquarters.jpgThe African Caribbean Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly has called for a complete overhaul of the United Nations, International Criminal Court and International Financial Institutions for their bias against African countries and failing to be sympathetic towards the needs of poor and developing nations.

Head of Zimbabwe’s delegation which attended the 26th Africa-Caribbean Pacific-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Lome, Togo, Cde Makhosini Hlongwane, said the International Justice System is not being served by the International Criminal Court which has shown blatant bias and created an impression that it is up to punishing African leaders.

He further highlighted that time has now come for the establishment of a bank which departs from IMF and World Bank models, which have led international systems that are fraught with irregularities, deepened poverty, enslaved Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries as well as an international financial crisis.

“The reform of the United Nations system to allow for a Veto voice for the developing countries must be a priority,” Cde Hlongwane said.

Cde Hlongwane said the objectives of integrating the ACP economies into the global economy have not been realised hence the need to revise the current system to see if it is providing for sustainable economic development.

The high level meeting also noted that the emergence of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa) has changed the world, creating more opportunities for multi-lateral cooperation which never existed before.