UN chief calls for equitable globalisation

UNITED Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an equitable globalization. Meanwhile, Guterres and Communist Party of Cuba First Secretary Army General Raul Castro held talks on Tuesday centred on “the need to preserve world peace and security and the principles of international law, including matters of mutual interest.”

During the 70th anniversary and 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at Havana’s Palace of Convention on Tuesday, Guterres said in an increasingly multipolar world, there must be a remake of the concept of development especially in countries in transition and low income.

He said ECLAC had always maintained the attention of equal rights, based on solid research that linked national and regional priorities. Guterres said the forum had promoted an equitable globalization to achieve sustainable development. Guterres said ECLAC’s vision was more necessary than ever before given the challenges of the world.

“Globalization has brought benefits but many people have been left behind such is the case of the inequality of women and the unemployment of young people which is so alarming,” Guterres said.

He said possibilities of development for many countries were limited and in the end became a security risk.

“Whether we like it or not, the increase in inequality has become the face of globalization. A generation where income of the one per cent most-rich people of the world has more than doubled,” Guterres said. “People wonder what world is this in which a handful of men accumulate the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity. These inequalities make it more difficult to live with dignity. In an increasingly multipolar world, we must remake the concept of development, especially in countries in transition and low income. We need an equitable globalization.”

He said on the other hand, the fourth revolution was redefining the world order. Guterres said nations would, obviously, have to take advantage of the fourth revolution if they were to advance. But he warned the current revolution would be the most difficult challenge nations would face for the next two decades. Guterres highlighted the role of ECLAC as a progressive champion of social justice in the global economy.

“The commission has played a precursor role in the integration policies of economic, social, and environmental policies for development. ECLAC has consistently and courageously promoted a vision of development that considers equality as the driving force of growth,” he said.

Guterres also stressed that the eradication of poverty was and remained the global top priority.

“The 2030 Agenda is our road map, and its objectives and goals are the instruments to achieve that end. The support of ECLAC is essential to help the countries of the region to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I congratulate the region for the presentation of 19 national voluntary reports that were shared in the two regional forums on sustainable development, “he said.

Guterres said ECLAC was the history of the struggle for economic and social justice within and outside the region.

“It’s a story that reminds us that we should never give up. Let’s commit to continue creating, to continue working and to continue fighting for an equitable globalization that does not leave anyone behind,” he said. “We should redefine development. We need a world economic order that benefits everyone.”

Guterres announced that a World Conference on Climate Change would be convened in September 2019 in the face of the devastating impact of hydro meteological phenomena.

He said in 2017 alone, hurricanes and cyclones caused losses amounting to some US $327 billion.

During talks with Castro, Guterres was accompanied by ECLAC executive secretary Alicia Barcena, UN Systems resident coordinator Consuelo Vidal and Assistant for Political Affairs of the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General Katrin Hett. On the Cuban side was foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez and Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the UN Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo.

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