"We are increasingly convinced of the existence of an invisible hand interested in the destabilization of our continent, only concerned with the expansion of its sphere of influence, which we know does not bring the necessary guarantees for the economic and social development of African countries", said the head of state during his speech at the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations.
In a speech in which he reviewed the main global problems, João Lourenço criticized the difference in media and political attention given to conflicts depending on their geography.
"The international community runs the risk of being accused of giving a different, privileged treatment to the conflict in Europe to the detriment of others, because they are in the Middle East or Africa, where that in Sudan is as deadly and destructive as that in Ukraine, but which deserves less coverage from the international media and less attention from the major decision-making centers on world peace and security", he stated.
The head of state also used the moment to explain that "the gap between developing and developed countries continues to be an unacceptable reality as there is, in many cases, no real political will to overcome them".
The consequence, he continued, is direct: "Difficulties in accessing the financial and material resources necessary to implement development projects, as well as the constraints imposed on technology transfer, constitute factors that delay the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda".
Supporting the United Nations Secretary-General's call for the mobilization of 500 billion dollars per year to finance emerging challenges, within the scope of a new global financial architecture, João Lourenço highlighted that the lack of representation leads to instability in Africa.
"Because they do not see themselves adequately represented in a large part of global governance institutions, developing countries are not in a position to express their sensitivities and assert their views at the appropriate level and thus contribute to the formulation of realistic solutions to their problems," he said.
This situation, he pointed out, "generates anxiety and frustration among the most vulnerable populations who, when their expectations are not met, become easily permeable to negative influences that are dangerous to the order and stability of their respective countries".
In a reference to the coups d'état that have affected several countries in Africa in recent years, particularly in the Sahel region, João Lourenço warned that "the lack of prospects observed in many countries on an economic and social level, creates fertile ground for subversion and the weakening of recent democracies on our continent".
Therefore, he argued, "it is urgent and imperative that real support be granted to development through financing under favorable conditions for the construction of infrastructures".