The United Nations: Our Bridge to the Future

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The United Nations: Our Bridge to the Future


By Fidel V. Ramos

Former Philippine President

(First of Two Parts)

Last week, we witnessed the convergence of dramatic global events with the observance of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in New York City whose primary purpose is the prevention of World War III, thus insuring a better future for Mother Earth's nations and peoples.

THE HEADS OF STATE/GOVERNMENT (HOSG) OF 195 MEMBER-NATIONS ARE USUALLY INVITED TO ADDRESS THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SPECIAL SESSIONS IN THE UNGA TO DEBATE CURRENT ISSUES WITH UNIVERSAL IMPACT. IN FUTURE YEARS, BEFORE 2022, WE HOPE P.DU30 WILL FAVOR THE U.N. WITH A STIRRING SPEECH DURING ITS ANNIVERSARY.

EARLY BACKGROUND

TO FVR, AS PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT, IT WAS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME - AND SUPREME MISSION TO MARKET OUR BELOVED COUNTRY AND PEOPLE TO THE WORLD - TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY DURING THE U.N.'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY LAST 24 OCTOBER 1995. EXCERPTS OF HIS SPEECH BEFORE THE UNGA FOLLOW:

"AS A SIGNATORY TO THE U.N. CHARTER IN SAN FRANCISCO IN 1945, AND AS THE THEN INCUMBENT CHAIRMAN OF THE GROUP OF 77 (OR THE 132 DEVELOPING COUNTRY MEMBERS OF THE U.N.), THE PHILIPPINES HAD CONSIDERED IT AN EXCITING PRIVILEGE TO TAKE PART IN THE WORK OF THE U.N.

"IN FIVE TURBULENT DECADES FROM 1945-1995, WE SAW THE DECOLONIZATION OF VIRTUALLY THE WHOLE WORLD, THE RISE OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO THE FOREFRONT OF WORLD CONCERNS, THE ENGAGEMENT OF OUR WORLD COMMUNITY IN REFORM FOR THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN, WOMEN, MINORITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT, AND, MOST OF ALL, THE WORK OF RE-ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT TO INSURE ITS BENEFITS WOULD BE SPREAD TO THE POOREST REGIONS OF THE WORLD.

AGENDA FOR DEVELOPMENT

"AS WE STEER THE U.N. TOWARD A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN PEACEKEEPING AND PEACEMAKING, WE MUST PURSUE WITH GREATER RESOLVE ITS POSITIVE AND FRUITFUL WORK IN SPREADING ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE WORLD.

"Today, principally because of the successes of once poor Asian societies, we see a different picture altogether. Poor countries - given the right policies and just a little assistance - can actually develop and raise their living standards. And what is more, by developing, they can contribute much to peace and security within their region and everywhere else.

"THE COMING-INTO-FORCE OF THE U.N. CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA (UNCLOS) IS ONE INSTANCE WHERE - IF WE WORK IN CLOSE COOPERATION - ALL CAN PROFIT; IF IN A SPIRIT OF SPITE, HOWEVER, THE WEAK AND THE POOR WILL CONTINUE TO FALL BEHIND.

OUR PEACE MANDATE: NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION

"IN THE WORK OF PEACE-MAKING, CLEARLY ADJUSTMENTS ARE IN ORDER. WHILE THE THREAT TO GLOBAL PEACE FROM NUCLEAR CONFRONTATION HAS GREATLY DIMINISHED, IN ITS PLACE HAVE ARISEN MANY REGIONAL AND ETHNIC CONFLICTS THAT ARE AS DEADLY AND WHICH CONSTITUTE BOTH A CHALLENGE AND AN AFFRONT TO THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIENCE OF MANKIND.

"WE STAND READY TO SUPPORT A U.N. RAPID-DEPLOYMENT FORCE, PROPERLY TRAINED, ADEQUATELY EQUIPPED, AND READY TO GO AND RESPOND TO DISRUPTIONS OR THREATS TO PEACE.

"BUT SUCH A FORCE WILL HAVE TO BE SUFFICIENTLY FINANCED AND NOT FUNDED BY THE DIVERSION OF RESOURCES AWAY FROM THE DEVELOPMENT WORK OF THE U.N. OBJECTIVE CRITERIA FOR THE LAUNCHING OF PEACE-KEEPING OPERATIONS MUST BE ESTABLISHED IF ONLY TO PREVENT THEIR USE IN THE SERVICE OF ANY ONE POWER'S POLICY OBJECTIVES.

"PARADOXICALLY, AS NUCLEAR WEAPONS HAVE BEEN PROVEN UNUSABLE IN ANY MEANINGFUL MILITARY SENSE, WE SEE SOME COUNTRIES MOVING AGGRESSIVELY TO TEST AND DEVELOP NEW NUCLEAR DEVICES - NOT IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT IN OTHERS' BACKYARDS. WE PRAY THAT THIS ASSEMBLY CAN WORK IN CONCERT FOR THE CONCLUSION OF A COMPREHENSIVE TEST-BAN TREATY THAT WOULD PUT A STOP TO NUCLEAR TESTING FOR ALL TIME.

"WE OF THE PHILIPPINES CONDEMN THIS GROTESQUE OBSESSION WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, AND WE ARE SQUARELY JOINED WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CALLING FOR AN IMMEDIATE STOP TO THESE NUCLEAR TESTS AS A GRAVE DANGER TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. …

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