Mbeki slams UN lack of progress

first_img16 September 2005In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, South African President Thabo Mbeki slammed the inadequate progress in implementing poverty-reduction goals set by the world body in 2000, and criticised the lack of UN reform. In this he added his voice to similar comments by the leaders of India and Brazil.Mbeki described as a “miserable performance” the failure of UN member countries to agree on a comprehensive package of reforms.“In truth we have not made the decisive progress we thought we would make with regard to the critical issue of the reform of the United Nations,” he said. “We have therefore had no choice but to postpone to a later date the decisions we should have made.”Speaking on the second day of the world’s largest gathering of heads of state and government, the president pointed to the Millennium Development Goals, which include an undertaking by rich countries to commit 0.7% of national income to development aid to poor nations by 2015.“Our approach to the challenge to commit and deploy the necessary resources for the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals has been half-hearted, timid and tepid,” Mbeki said.“We firmly believe that the reason we have not made the progress we should have, during the last five years, is precisely because we have not as yet achieved what the outcome document described as ‘a security consensus’.”Mbeki was referring to the UN reform package approved by the UN earlier this week.“We have not achieved that ‘security consensus’ because of the widely disparate conditions of existence and interests among the member states of the UN, as well as the gross imbalance of power that define the relationship among these member states.“It is the poor of the world whose interests are best served by real and genuine respect for the fundamental proposition that we need the ‘security consensus’ identified by the outcome document. The actions of the rich and powerful strongly suggest that these are not in the least convinced that this ‘security consensus’ would serve their interests.“Thus they use their power to perpetuate the power imbalance in the ordering of global affairs. As a consequence of this, we have not made the progress of the reform of the UN that we should have.“Because of that, we have the result that we have not achieved the required scale of resource transfer from those who have these resources, to empower the poor of the world to extricate themselves from their misery.“Simply put, this means that the logic of the use of power is the reinforcement of the might of the powerful, and therefore the perpetuation of the disempowerment of the powerless.“This is the poisonous mixture that has given us the outcome that will issue from this Millennium Review Summit to the peoples of the world. We should not be surprised when these billions do not acclaim us as heroes and heroines.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Sports Minister Ajay Maken to appeal to Home ministry for job to injured volleyball player Sonu Sinha

first_imgSports Minister Ajay Maken on Thursday said he will write to the Home ministry to give a suitable job to volleyball player Sonu Sinha, who lost her leg after she was thrown out of a moving train near Bareilly by three men on her way to Delhi for a CISF recruitment examination.Maken, who had announced an immediate ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 for her treatment on Wednesday, said the government would give more monetary help if required.Sonu, a 23-year-old national level woman volleyball player, was pushed by three men out of the Padmavat Express on Tuesday night between Chenati and Bareilly railway stations while she tried to resist a robbery attempt.As she fell on the track, she was hit by another train moving on a parallel track and her left leg below the knee was crushed. A profusely bleeding Sonu was rushed to the district hospital in Bareilly, where her leg was amputated.”A Sports Authority of India official will reach Bareilly today to hand over Rs 25,000 to her and we will give more money if required for her treatment,” Maken said on the sidelines of South Asian Football Federation seminar here.”I am writing to the Home ministry requesting them to give her a job since she was going for her examination for CISF which comes under Home ministry,” he said.”I have also requested the railway ministry to inquire into the incident and give her compensation since the incident happened while she was travelling in a train,” he added.advertisementMeanwhile, Maken also apologised to the members of the 1960 Indian Olympic football team some of whom have complained that they had to foot the hotel bill for overnight stay in New Delhi before they were felicitated by the ministry on Wednesday.”I apologised if that had happened. There was no intention that we would want them to pay their bills of say Rs 1000 by themselves when we are giving them Rs one and half lakh each for their achievements in football. I am sorry for that,” he said.The members of the 1960 team — captain P K Banerjee, Chunni Goswami, Tulsidas Balaram, S Narayanan, Fortunata A Franco, O Chandrashekhar, S S Hakim, S H Hamid, Arun Lal Ghosh, Simon Sunder Raj and the wives of late Peter Thanga Raj and D Kannan — were presented with a silver plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh each on Wednesday by the sports ministry.The Indian team had put up an impressive performance in 1960 Rome Olympics by creating scare among power houses of European football. They drew 1-1 with France and lost 1-2 to Hungary to take the world by surprise.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

BAHAMAS Commemorative Mango Tree Planted at Government House

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 21, 2017 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre), along with Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (centre left) and Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon.  Romauld Ferreira (centre right), planted a Mango Tree in the Gardens of Government House to commemorate the planting of the 10,000th tree by the Ministry of the Environment, as part of a national Tree Planting Initiative, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img