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One bottleneck that has bedeviled Africa has been the espousing of the pseudo-ideology of sectarianism of religion or tribe as well as chauvinism vis-a-vis the women. It is this pseudo-ideology that has fueled most of the conflicts in Africa, Museveni said. This pseudo-ideology should be banished and treated with the contempt it deserves, he added.

President Yoweri Museveni has implored the world to rally behind Uganda as it pushes for reforms in the operations of United Nations.

While addressing the UN General Assembly this evening in New York, Museveni said UN systems needed to be reformed to reflect the new world dynamics. He said Uganda would use its term at the helm of the General Assembly to push for an African agenda that would in turn strengthen the organization.

"The UN system needs reforms to reflect new needs and reality of the world.  Uganda will use its time for presidency to make a contribution and make new reforms," Museveni said.

He said Africa needed support since it was emerging from an historical decline due to colonialism, neocolonialism and in some cases genocide. He said the new generation of African leaders has been addressing the trauma that ensued from colonial practices.

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The President who spoke shortly after his US counterpart Barrack Obama joked that some of the bottlenecks he wanted to address before the assembly had been stolen by the US president. However, without delving into details he highlighted sectarianism and chauvinism as some of the strategic bottlenecks that need to be banished.

"One bottleneck that has bedeviled Africa has been the espousing of the pseudo-ideology of sectarianism of religion or tribe as well as chauvinism vis-a-vis the women. It is this pseudo-ideology that has fueled most of the conflicts in Africa," Museveni said. "This pseudo-ideology should be banished and treated with the contempt it deserves", he added.

In his opening remarks, Sam Kutesa, the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly observed a need to review the organs of the United Nations in order to incorporate views of the states that joined the group after its foundation. The United Nations started with a membership of 51 states, now stands at 193 members.

Kutesa urged World leaders to intensify efforts to accelerate progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) set in 2000 to improve people's lives around the world. He in particular pointed out the need to address the increase in conflict, insurgency, extremism and poverty.

Kutesa stated that in the coming months, the UN General Assembly will be preoccupied with formulating a new agenda to eradicate poverty and hunger. He said the agenda should promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, safeguard the future of the planet and lead to the achievement of sustainable development.
 
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American president Barack Obama took a swipe at Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. He said Russia's involvement in Ukraine where hundreds died in the conflict possess a threat to the new world order.

Obama said US would take immediate action against immediate threats and will never shy away from defending their interest and defending the UN institutions.

In his speech Obama said sectarianism that has bred fundamentalism is a choice the assembly must take to address. He said the assembly should pronounce itself either to consolidate the success and reform or move backward.

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Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff saluted Kutesa for becoming the president of the assembly and said Brazilians were equally proud of him due to their association to Africa due to a shared history. She beckoned the assembly to ensure democratic practices in the world.