GIS - October 3, 2012: Key global issues and overriding priorities as well as challenges facing developed and developing countries were the focus of the statement made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, G.O.S.K, on 1st October 2012 at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Minister recalled that all nations, developed and developing, face growing uncertainties about economic prospects. Serious concerns about the global economy arise just after global prosperity had reached heights never reached before, he said. According to Dr Boolell, countries which may be more seriously affected by the crisis are those that had the least responsibility for their cause, in particular developing countries faced with challenges ranging from climate change to youth unemployment.
It is imperative that the UN General Assembly plays a crucial role in the debate for globally coordinated solutions, said the Minister, who greeted the reaffirmation of the mandate of UNCTAD at Doha. UNCTAD must continue to serve as the focal point of the UN system for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues, he added.
The Minister further underlined the importance of greater regional cooperation and the need for pooling resources and coordinating policies. He appreciated the recognition at Rio+20 that Small Island Developing States present a special case and welcomed the appointment of the High-Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda.
With regard to Syria and Palestine, the Minister outlined that the world cannot remain indifferent to the suffering of people from these countries. While affirming the utmost respect for all faiths and religions, he said that there is no justification for violence however great the outrage at religious vilification. He also expressed support to the fundamental principle of protection of diplomats and diplomatic premises. The Minister urged the international community to support the full implementation of the road map in Madagascar and provide the Transition Government with the means to ensure a speedy return to constitutional rule and democracy.
On the question of rule of law, the Minister said that it must be supported at national and international levels, and that nations, especially small ones, must have avenues to peacefully resolve disputes with other States. The Minister recalled that the United Kingdom excised part of Mauritian territory prior to independence and had refused to enter into talks in good faith over that dispute, while keeping the issue out of the International Court of Justice. The decolonisation of Africa has not been completed, said Minister Boolell.