KING Abdullah II of Jordan says the world cannot afford to ignore the crisis of exclusion.
Addressing the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, he said UN member states need each other and should act to achieve the better and safer world.
“For if we don’t act, what hope do we have? What will our future look like, if millions of the world’s young people continue to be denied the rich fruits of new technology and global wealth? Can we afford to ignore the crisis of exclusion? Or will we do the right thing, support the energies and talents of all the world’s youth and drive all economies forward, through fair and inclusive global growth?” he asked. “What will our world look like, if we don’t work together for a healthy and safe environment? Water-scarce countries like Jordan already know the dangers of climate change. A global crisis demands global action. How can we excuse delay?”
King Abdullah II questioned why in the 21st Century crises are still displacing millions of people.
He said across the world there were more forced displacement today than at any time since World War II.
“What will tomorrow’s world look like, if we don’t help end these crises and give refugees and hosts alike, the support they need to meet the future?” King Abdullah asked. “And how is it that today people can still be disrespected and victimized for their faith? Atrocities at mosques, churches, synagogues, and temples have shocked the conscience of the world. But so should the dark criminal ideas from across the ideological spectrum that drive these and other attacks.”
He said hard work was needed to defeat those groups and their message of hate and mistrust.
“But no effort stands a chance unless young men and women everywhere have a stake in a positive future. The forces of violence seek out the vulnerable and excluded. Can we afford to abandon the world’s young people to extremism and despair?” King Abdullah asked. “Collective action is also vital for ending bitter crises and conflicts. And no crisis has done more global damage than the core conflict in my region, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Neither side has achieved the durable peace that a secure future depends on, and regional and world stability has continued to pay the price.”
He said it was a global moral tragedy that the occupation continues.
“But no occupation, no displacements, no acts of force, can erase people’s history, hopes, or rights, or change the true heritage of shared values among the three monotheistic faiths [Muslims, Christians and Jews]. And nothing can take away the international rights of the Palestinian people to equality, justice, and self-determination,” said King Abdullah. “Young people ask me ‘why doesn’t the world stand up for Palestinian rights?’ Isn’t it time to answer them by showing that global justice and human rights belong to them too? It begins with respect for the holy sites and rejecting all attempts to alter the legal status of East Jerusalem and the authentic historic character of the Holy City, Jerusalem.”