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President Iohannis addresses the UN General Assembly: Romania remains committed to possible establishment of an International Court against Terrorism

Addressing the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) on Wednesday, Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said Romania remains committed to the common initiative developed with Spain for the future possible establishment of an International Court against Terrorism.

“Indeed, people across the globe still suffer from the brutal effects of war, poverty, inequality and injustice. Tensions over cultural identity and faith are rising even within traditionally open and tolerant societies. Natural disasters cause increasing damage every season. Terrorist attacks deepen the sense of insecurity. Even if there are some perceptions that the United Nations did not manage well the multitude and complexity of the new crises, it is clear that no other path serves us better than multilateralism in finding viable solutions for the current global changes. More than ever, a rule-based international system – the International Rule of Law – is paramount for our success. The UN has to be equipped with the essential tools to perform as an efficient organization that reflects the will of its Members and enjoys the trust of all the people of the globe. At the same time, we, the Member States, need to increase our commitment towards the Organization,” said Iohannis.

He underscored that working on education, ensuring prosperity of our people are the most efficient ways to prevent instability and crises.

“Focusing our actions on people should remain the ultimate goal,” added Iohannis.

He said the UN has to drive the implementation of the ambitious global Agenda for Development forward, including in relation with conflict prevention and sustaining peace, as well as its Sustainable Development Goals.

“Romania has assumed the necessary development policies with real impact on advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. We have chosen to involve in this process all political actors, the civil society, the private sector, and the scientific community. To share our experience in coordinating the national process of implementation of the 2030 Agenda and to speak about our progress, Romania will submit its Voluntary National Review during the High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in July 2018,” said Iohannis.

He also pointed out that the member states cannot lose sight of the stabilising role the United Nations is playing in setting the broad parameters of contemporary international relations. That is why their effort to improve the effectiveness of the UN should remain strong.

“At the end of the day, no matter how a future reformed Security Council will look like, we need a UN with robust policy planning capabilities, able to project visions for the global peace and well-being beyond the crises of the day,” said Iohannis.

He added that Romania supports the UN Secretary General’s focus on the creation of an integrated institutional structure for supporting a holistic approach to crisis management, while also strongly advocating for modernising and increasing the effectiveness of peace operations.

“We support the Secretary General in his efforts to pursue a meaningful reform on three priorities: conflict prevention; sustainable development; management reform and reshaping the Secretariat for making the UN more efficient.”

Iohannis went on to say that Romania also welcomes the reform of the United Nations counter-terrorism architecture and the UN demarches of making counter-terrorism a key element of its prevention agenda.

“As no country can fight alone this terrible scourge, we trust that the newly established UN Office of Counter-Terrorism will increase our efficiency in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. In this respect, Romania remains committed to the common initiative developed with Spain for the future possible establishment of an International Court against Terrorism,” said Iohannis.

He mentioned that Romania also supports the reinforcement of the human rights dimension within all relevant sectors of the UN activity.

 

Protracted conflicts around the Black Sea remain a serious threat

 

The extended conflicts in the Black Sea region remain a serious threat, President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA72).

“At the same time, we continue to be concerned with the security developments in and around our region. The belt of protracted conflicts around the Black Sea remains a serious threat. We are still witnessing actions undertaken at the expense of the principles and norms of international law,” Iohannis said.

He mentioned that the proliferation of protracted conflicts in our neighbourhood hampered regional cooperation and brought mutual confidence to historically low levels.

“That is why the international community should actively support and stimulate regional cooperation, confidence-building measures and address these conflicts decisively,” the head of state pointed out.

Iohannis underscored that Romania would be honored to bring its contribution, once more, to the work of the Security Council.

“Our bid for a non-permanent seat during the tenure of 2020-2021 is about my country’s sincere engagement in supporting the UN efforts for peace and security. It is about our enduring commitment to peace, development and justice.

If our endeavour to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council for the term 2020-2021 is successful, we will be honoured to work even harder for the advancement of our common projects and of the Organization as a whole,” he concluded.

 

“Promoting pace for education. Making education for peace” events  organized by Romania at the UN:  If Romania becomes UN Security Council non-permanent member, education will be our first concern, underscores Iohannis

 

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday stated that education will be the first concern of Romania, if becoming non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.

“During our term as non-permanent member of the Security Council (editor’s note: of the UN) for 2020-2021 – of course, if our endeavour to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council is successful – Romania will have education for peace as its first concern. Thus, we are ready to initiate new projects together without partners and we will share our experience and capacity to the common goal of a better education for everybody,” the head of the state said at the event “Promoting pace for education. Making education for peace”, organized by Romania at the UN.

He also underscored that education for peace is the cornerstone of our common vision regarding the future of the country and of the world.

The head of the state indicated that any long-term vision on preventing conflicts must include education for peace.

“Preventing radicalization is much more efficient if we educate our children to understand and respect diversity, in a climate of human rights and dignity. I strongly believe that the youth need to be the actors for peace. They need to be supported and encouraged to be curious, to learn from the past, to be tolerant, to avoid clichés, to understand that diversity is a treasure, to fight for their rights, while they are aware of other people’s rights. Young people’s involvement in the public life at an early age is crucial for the development of our society,” said Iohannis.

He underscored that education for peace should be the natural side of the school curriculum.

The head of the state showed that access to education represents a fundamental right and it must be like a driver for the progress of each society. In this context, he reminded about the project “Educated Romania”, showing that one of its conclusion had to do with the reconsidering of the manner in which teachers are trained.

Moreover, President Iohannis mentioned that we need to understand how important is to you communication technologies for the common good.

“This era of connectivity is unimaginable and the informational abundance offers great opportunities, including for education, but there are also extreme risks and provocations that we need to deal with, such as fake news, propaganda, disinformation and such discourses that incite to hatred. That’s why we need to offer the young the intellectual tools so that they can judge for themselves and discern between good and right and between the legitimate goals and violence. And that’s why encouraging critical thinking is an essential component of the education for peace,” he said.

Among the participants in this event there were also the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Pavel Filip, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu, Social Democratic Party (PSD) deputy Florin Iordache, officials from Afghanistan. The event has been moderated by Remus Pricopie, rector at SNSPA (National School of Political Science and Public Administration).

 

Klaus Iohannis attends  launch of the “HeForShe 10x10x10 Impact Champions Joint Report” : 70 percent of Romania institutions to have gender equality experts by 2020

 

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday asserted that 70 percent of the Romanian institutions will have equality gender experts by 2020.

“In Romania, we are fully committed to backing an integrating approach of the equality gender as a key-element to promoting sensitive policies to the equality gender problematic and as a strong protection and support instrument for the domestic victims’ violence,” said Iohannis at the launch of the “HeForShe 10x10x10 Impact Champions Joint Report” that is promoting equal opportunities for women and men.

He said that since 2015, when Romania joined the HeForShe Impact Champions initiative, several significant progresses took place as regards the gender equality. In this respect, Iohannis mentioned one of the impact commitments enforced in Romania, namely the creation of a new profession – the gender equality expert.

“The need to implement this new profession came after acknowledging the fact that only an institutionalised effort could lead to the concrete, quantifiable mentality change. We found that we need to transform this initiative into an approach of the entire government,” said Iohannis.

Iohannis added that so far 1,100 people with the local and central public administration were trained as specialists in gender equality.

“As many as 70 percent of the national and local public bodies in Romnaia will have experts in gender equality by 2020,” said Klaus Iohannis, adding that currently a New Strategy is worked on regarding the gender equality promotion and the prevention and combating the domestic violence for the 2018-2020 period and on the Plan to enforcing it, too.

President Iohannis said that this strategy will focus on fathering a national network of experts in this field.

He specified that in November he will grant his high patronage as Romania President and Champion of Impact HeForShe to a conference on women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment to be staged in Bucharest together with the International Organisation of the La Francophonie.

“This conference will be an opportunity for 400 Francophone business women in 80 countries worldwide to get involved in the debate and share experiences and good practices. As a result of this event, a platform-network will be created to allow the participants to continue the debates started in Bucharest,” said Iohannis.

“We’ve come very far, and yet we have a lot of work further. I invite all of you to assume this challenge, because there is no activity sector wherein an integrating approach of the gender dimension is not necessary! Therefore, let’s change things together!” Iohannis told the participants in the event, that was also attended by the presidents of Finland and Malawi, alongside the Japanese Prime Minister.

 

 

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