Plans for our planet, for the next 15 years
70th jubilee session of UN General Assembly inspires serious thoughts as human development priorities set for coming 15 years
Meeting with President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado
State leaders have agreed on the necessity of developing co-operation across five major avenues:
People. Battling hunger and poverty, while providing equal rights and caring for the environment;
Planet. Protecting the environment against degradation, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, and battling the negative consequences of climate change;
Prosperity. Implementing measures towards economic, social and technological progress, without damaging the environment;
Peace. Based on the thesis that ‘sustainable development is impossible without peace, while peace cannot exist without sustainable development’; and
Partnership. Renewal and strengthening of nations’ partnerships.
In this context, 17 global focuses were outlined for sustainable development, via 169 tasks. However, the GA session indicated that countries’ national interests must remain a priority — despite our shared understanding of global threats and challenges. Such an approach has grounds but leaves the floor open to contradiction, since the interests of small states are in opposition to those of major players at times. Of course, the latter have most power with which to realise their goals.
Barack Obama’s speech on equal rights and democratic values made a great deal of sense. However, his transparent hint that Washington views Russia and China as competitors, or even rivals, wounded me, as did statements regarding the USA’s powerful armed forces. Mr. Obama noted that the military are only brought to bear in extreme cases but a later remark mentioned that armed forces would be used if necessary.
Meeting with Federal President of Austria, Heinz Fischer
Swordplay between the USA and Russia on the Syrian problem was evident; Vladimir Putin proposed a coalition to fight against the Islamic State, assisting the Syrian army, while Mr. Obama called the Syrian president a tyrant bombing children. Of course, nothing is simple in global politics. Global peace seems a far off and fragile concept. Belarusian President Lukashenko spoke of an emerging ‘spectre of war’, only to be warded off by dialogue reflecting mutual interest and respect.
The UN venue not only promotes multilateral contacts but strengthens grounds for bilateral talks. In two days of work in New York, Mr. Lukashenko held several meetings with colleagues. On the last day of his stay in America, he met the Federal President of Austria, Heinz Fischer, sharing opinions on key aspects of Belarusian-Austrian co-operation. Mr. Fischer thanked the Belarusian President for the important steps taken to commemorate victims of World War Two and mentioned the opening of the Trostenets Memorial. In turn, Mr. Lukashenko invited the Federal President of Austria to visit Belarus in any time convenient.
Chatting to the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado, the two discussed preparations for Mr. Lukashenko’s forthcoming visit to Ecuador, which is likely to take place next year, as part of the Belarusian President’s tour of several Latin American states.
On meeting the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the two agreed to exchange top level visits. Meanwhile, a roadmap of co-operation is planned for development by an intergovernmental commission, in Cairo, in late 2015.
These meetings bring not only mutual benefit but contribute to more sustainable world architecture, with contacts strengthened. The President notes their necessity, while emphasising the need for an integration of integrations.
By Dmitry Kryat