India’s success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals can change the face of the world, said Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly, describing the country as a “very important player” in the multilateral system.
Espinosa said she was eager to commit and work with India under her presidency of the 193-member UN General Assembly.
“India is indeed a very important player in the multilateral system, it is a friendly country of the United Nations, and if India manages to reach the 2030 Agenda, we are talking about 1.3 billion people, it can really change the face of the world “she said here.
Espinosa, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, was elected president of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in June, becoming the fourth president of the organization in 73 years of history.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, former Indian diplomat and sister of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first woman elected president of the General Assembly in 1953.
Later, Angie Elisabeth Brooks of Liberia was elected president in 1969 and Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain in 2006.
Before assuming the position of President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Espinosa traveled to India and met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Recalling his visit to India, he said he was moved to see how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were implemented in the country.
During her visit, she met with NGOs and youth groups from the neighborhoods and said it was encouraging to see them organize their communities using the SDGs as a framework.
Welcoming India’s efforts in various aspects of the United Nations system, she said that her country made a very important contribution to the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping operations.
“It is also very important to establish standards for the participation of women in peace keeping operations, zero tolerance for any abuse or violence against women who maintain and maintain them.” Women and girls in general in situations of conflict, “she said.
Espinosa also congratulated Prime Minister Modi for receiving the UNEP Earth Champions Award for the highest environmental honor of the United Nations, in recognition of his leadership of the International Solar Alliance and his commitment to eliminate All disposable plastic in India for 2022.
“I was very pleased to see the award given to India and Prime Minister Modi for their work in favor of the environment and their unwavering commitment to renewable energies.” They also play a very important role in the climate agenda, “she told.
And she continues telling that non-violence is not only a philosophy but can be translated into political action. The peaceful resolution of disputes, the promotion of dialogue and the generosity of understanding different points of view on the issues are of the utmost importance.
“The only way to be a peaceful world is to use Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and translate it into political action and commitment.”
Humility and generosity are universal values, but at the same time these are important times to face the challenges we all face, to address the situation of refugees and specific conflicts throughout the world.
“Sometimes we think that nonviolence is a no action, on the contrary, nonviolence can be translated into a very strong political action and commitment, and these principles are very important and we owe it to Gandhi’s legacy.”