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PRESIDENT MUSEVENI, WORLD LEADERS MEET TRUMP OVER UN REFORMS

Thursday, 21st September 2017
President Museveni (L) and other world leaders attending a conference on political declaration on UN reforms which was addressed by President D. Trump

September 18, 2017: President Yoweri Museveni has said Uganda supports President Donald Trump's political declaration on UN reforms, which aim at creating a more lean and efficient institution.

"Trumpis pushing for the United Nations to be efficient in its peace keepingprocesses, be more focused and have more achievable targets, not spend time onprocedures but on substance and manpower," he said shortly after a closed doormeeting for world leaders in ECOSOC Hall, at the United Nations Headquarters.

"Wesupport the reforms because this is what we have been talking about all along.There are situations where there is a strong UN presence but alongside, thereis death and destruction like in Eastern DR Congo," he said.

President Museveni has been one of the key leaders pushing for reforms at the world body. In 2015 Uganda used its Presidency at the United Nations to push for reforms at the most important committee of the United Nations - the Security Council.

"Ugandais pushing for Africa's case for the reform of the membership of the securitycouncil which is currently monopolized. Africa has no permanent members on thefive-member council. Our argument was for Africa to have at least two members," he said.

President Trump is seeking global support for reforming the world body as he hosts leaders at the United Nations Headquarters a day before he makes his inaugural address to the 193-member organization.

Accordingto reports President Trump criticized the United Nations for bloatedbureaucracy and mismanagement in his meeting today, calling for "trulybold reforms" so it could be a greater force for world peace.

"Inrecent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because ofbureaucracy and mismanagement, while the United Nations on a regular budget hasincreased by 140 percent and its staff has more than doubled since 2000. TheUnited Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protectwhistleblowers and focus on results rather than on process," Trump said.

"I amconfident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms the UnitedNations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just and greater forcefor peace and harmony in the world," Trump said in his first remarks atthe U.N. in New York since his inauguration as president in January.

Over 120countries were invited to the reform meeting during which Trump spoke for justfour minutes.

Todays closed meetingwas strictly a 1 + 1 affair with leaders signing on to a U.S. drafted 10-pointpolitical declaration backing 

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