Romanian Ambassador to United Nations: It is necessary to reinstate faith in global order

​Preventing conflicts is intrinsically related to long-lasting peace and development, and Romania backs the necessity to correlate peace, security, sustainable development and human rights-related efforts of international community, said the Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations Organisation, ambassador Ion Jinga, during the debate on "Building Sustainable Peace for All: Synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace," organised on Tuesday by the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson.

Attending the event were UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, ECOSOC President Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, foreign affairs ministers and deputy ministers in Sweden, Slovakia, Sierra Leone, Estonia, Columbia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, France, Norway, Switzerland, and India, ambassadors and representatives of the academic milieu and of the civil society.

In his intervention, ambassador Ion Jinga said that the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development represents an universal framework for eliminating poverty, ensuring gender equality, respecting human rights and achieving a fair balance between economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

He agreed with Secretary General Antonio Guterres's statement that the current international order, established to prevent conflicts and maintain peace around the globe, is being severely threatened.

Romania's ambassador underscored that 'it is necessary to reinstate faith in the global order and show millions of people who live in conflict areas, in continuing need and permanent fear, the solidarity they deserve and expect from us. In less than ten years, the number of civil wars has tripled around the globe and 1.5 million people live in conflict areas. In many cases, the lack of firm institutions or transparent governing, corruption and defective management of public funds - which cost the world economy 2.6 billion dollars - have rendered states vulnerable to terrorism and violent extremism. Preventing conflicts is far less costly financially as well as human resources involved, and generates fewer divisions amidst the international community, rather than adopting post-conflict measures. Today more than ever, preventing conflicts is intrinsically related to sustainable peace and this in turn depends more than anything on sustainable development," said Jinga.

The diplomat showed that Romania supports the new UN Secretary General's approach regarding the interconnected nature of contemporary crises leading to the necessity of correlating the international community's efforts in relation to peace and security, durable development and human rights, not just in speeches but also in action.

Jinga asserted that sustainable peace and development cannot be accomplished without good governance, opportunities for youth, full involvement of women and civil society, and tackling the deep causes of conflicts.

"The 2030 agenda states that peace and development are mutually dependable, and Romania considers that by adopting durable development objectives, the UN disposes of a wide range of tools for preventing conflicts and ensuring a durable peace, especially through using the Durable Development objective No 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions."

Romania is one of the states with tradition as regards cooperation with countries from other continents, reminded the ambassador. Through the years, thousands of Middle East, Africa and Asia students have studied in Romanian universities, and Romanian specialists have worked with those respective countries in order to achieve industrial, energy and transport infrastructure projects.

At the same time, Romania has invested significantly in preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention, peace construction and mediation.

"After becoming a development official assistance provider in 2007, Romania allocated resources for institutional construction, electoral assistance, public order, anti-corruption, youth and education in a range of countries in need of such support. In the last ten years, the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has organised training courses for diplomats in Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq and Palestine and has co-financed projects meant to facilitate transition processes in Afghanistan, countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Other countries that have benefited from assistance provided by Romania are Nigeria, Angola, Mali, Mauritius, Cameroon and Nepal. Romanian authorities have allocated funds to help Syrian refugees from Turkey, Jordan and Iraq. Romania participates with troops and police officers in ten UN peacekeeping missions, ranking first among EU contributors with police forces, 12th in Europe as contribution with the National Defence Minister (MApN) forces and being the only country in the world that provides protection and guard teams in the UN-flagged missions," concluded ambassador Ion Jinga.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES


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