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Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has called on world leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York to send a message of hope to the millions of people around the world that are still living in poverty. Mr. Patterson who was making his contribution to the High Level Plenary of the UNGA on Thursday (Sept. 15), said that five years after adopting a Declaration for the shaping of the international society in the new millennium, the record shows that the results have fallen short of expectations.
“We have failed to meet the targets set. Poverty and infectious diseases remain rampant. Tensions from war and terrorism are straining the fabric of international security, while the proliferation of weapons of all kinds generate fear and threaten domestic peace,” Mr. Patterson said.
He said that instead, the world had become more insecure and that in the face of instability and conflict, there was too much hardship and suffering with many persons in danger of being left behind in the march towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Mr. Patterson suggested three ways in which the situations could be corrected. These he said were the strengthening of the global partnership, and the elimination of inequalities in the global systems, through positive adjustments in global economic policies. This he said would give developing countries a better chance to benefit from access to markets, capital flows and more favourable terms in the transfer of technology.
The third activity recommended by the Prime Minister is the reform of global economic governance, which he said should not be confined to the UN but should be undertaken in all institutions within the system, particularly those involved in economic policy making.
“The basic prescription for progress is equity, inclusiveness, accountability and democratic participation. The Bretton Woods Institutions whose decisions have such a profound impact on our lives should be among the first candidates for reform. It is long overdue,” Mr. Patterson asserted.
He said there was no doubt that a reform of the UN institutions was necessary, but noted that it was important that carefully designed measures be agreed on to remedy the deficiencies and strengthen multilateralism. He said the UN system should work for all member countries and that the structure and procedures of the Security Council should be reformed to make it more representative and inspire greater confidence in its decisions.
“ECOSOC should be strengthened and empowered to participate in global economic policy-making and enabled to provide effective coordination and promote coherence. Reform should bring an end to the excessive politicization and adversarial approaches which have discredited the operations of the Human Rights Commission,” Mr. Patterson stated.
Turning to the Summit Outcome Document placed before Heads, the Prime Minister said that while it sets out a framework for the UN reform, it does not adequately provide for a more substantial development agenda. “But it will have to serve as a starting point and demands early implementation,” the Prime Minister said.
He said the reform process would require the renunciation of inequitable and discriminatory policies, as well as the policies of intolerance and domination. He said a commitment to cooperation and mutual respect and increased effort to achieve the common interests of all were required and that Jamaica stood ready to play its part in achieving these objectives.