The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is yet another opportunity for a lucid reflection on the lessons learned and on the future of our organization., Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday told the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly.
“What we have seen is a visionary project born of the ashes of a terrible tragedy with the lofty goal to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. We have seen a working agenda that has continuously expanded into new areas of cooperation, within and beyond its main pillars: peace and security, development and human rights. We have witnessed the continuous efforts of the organization and of its Member States to adapt to new challenges and to major shifts in the paradigm of international relations,” he continued.
Iohannis showed that Romania is among those countries that has fully trusted and supported unconditionally the United Nations.
“Year 2015 is a special one for my country, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Romania’s admission. The United Nations helped Romania in different ways in different periods of our post-World War II era. In the beginning, despite and against having been part of the monolithic groups of former communist countries, Romania found in those times, here in the UN, a propitious framework to assert its national independence and make friends and partners throughout the world. Later on, the United Nations provided my country with the opportunity to engage into debates over, and action upon, global issues, in dialogue and cooperation across all continents,” said Romania’s President.
“In the aftermath of the Cold War, the United Nations was actively engaged in supporting Romania during its difficult economic transformations and transition towards democracy. The funds and programmes of the United Nations assisted Romania in dealing with social problems related to children, population, health, environment and many others. Allow me to thank UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) for its 45 year presence in my country,” he showed.
“Our 60th anniversary allowed us to have a retrospective look. Romania is a country with limited economic power. Nevertheless, we take pride in making some significant contributions to the United Nations’ goals throughout the six decades of membership. Their essence was the reliance upon multilateral diplomacy and international law and in the pre-eminence of peaceful means over the use of force in the pursuit of national interests,” Romania’s President told the UN General Assembly.
He underlined that Romania has often been in the front line of major campaigns undertaken by the United Nations. He highlighted just a few of the topics that were subject of initiatives taken by Romania in the General Assembly, the Security Council or the human rights bodies:
• arms control and disarmament
• good relations among neighbouring states,
• role of science and technology in development,
• a more effective and influential role of the youth,
• an increased cooperation between the United Nations and regional organisations and arrangements,
• promotion and consolidation of democracy.
“Since 1991, Romania has participated with troops in peace-keeping operations across all continents from Angola to Cambodia, from Somalia to Haiti, from former Yugoslavia to Rwanda. Moreover, Romania hosts the Centre of Excellence for Protection and Security, which contributes to the training of special categories of UN peace-keepers.
Since 2008, Romania has been part of one of the most innovative formulas for the protection of refugees, by hosting the first Emergency Transit Centre in Timişoara, as a result of an agreement with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the International Organization for Migration. After almost two decades as recipient, Romania became itself a provider of Official Development Assistance to countries in our neighbourhood and beyond,” Romania’s President told the UN Assembly.