(JollofNews) – President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has delivered his speech at the 2017 UN General Assembly in New York.

Contributing to the debates, President Barrow emphasised the need for preventive diplomacy as experienced in The Gambia.

He noted the positive impact of solidarity among stakeholders in the realisation of peace and in pursuit of democracy, promotion of human rights and respect for the rule of law. His statement called for collective efforts to instill good governance in The Gambia.

The President said economic challenges pose threat to human rights and democracy, contributing to high unemployment among the youth. President Barrow recognised the contribution of Gambians in the Diaspora in putting the country on a democratic path.

He pointed out that the priorities outlined in the National Development Plan will bring economic growth in a transformative manner. The negative impact of climate change in rural areas, contributing to youth illegal migration was highlighted. It stated that such frustrations lured the youth into terrorism, crime and drug abuse.

On foreign policy, Mr Barrow acknowledged the enormous contributions of ECOWAS, regional and international organisations and institutions in bringing peace toThe Gambia.

He said The Gambia promotes good and friendly neighbourliness; and takes a win-win approach in its relationship with nations of the world.

“The Gambia expressed support to the one-China policy and the two-state policy to address the Israeli Palestinian conflict. More endowed countries and the UN were urged to end conflicts, terrorism, organised crimes and religious intolerance in Africa, the middle East and around the world,” he added.

President Barrow urged world leaders to address indifferences and injustices by addressing the imbalances between the North and South. “The Gambia also supports the UN reform programme to include African representation on the UN Security Council,” he said.

President Barrow concluded by calling for justice, peace, love, care and tolerance of diversity.

Watch the President’s full speech below….