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UN Secretary General full of praise for Uruguay's role internationally - June 2011

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon paid a successful two-day visit to Uruguay in June 2011. His programme included various high level meetings with inter alia the President and Foreign Minister.
During his visit he made interesting observations on Uruguay’s global role. In his address to both houses of Parliament he praised Uruguay for its standing in the region and its very positive and constructive role in the international arena saying that Uruguay proved to the world that the size of a country does not determine its influence internationally.
He mentioned that Uruguay was a founding member of the UN and that Uruguay is a leader in multilateralism and international cooperation, as illustrated by the fact that it assumed the presidency of the Human Rights Council.
He said that there should be no doubt: “Uruguay may be small on the map, but it is big in the influence that it exerts around the world”.
Ban Ki-Moon made reference to the fact that Uruguay’s democracy is one of the oldest in Latin America and that some of its political parties count among the oldest, not only in the region, but in the world.
He mentioned the growing economies in the whole region and stated that he is here in recognition of this progress; to celebrate the successess in the area of the economy and human rights; and to underline the important role the region is fullfilling as bridge between North and South and the progress in South-South cooperation. In this context he mentioned that in the region Uruguay is the most advanced in the area of equality and has the lowest level of poverty.
The Secretary General then highligted aspects of Uruguays international role:
  • Uruguay has been participating in international peace missions of the UN since 1951. Over the years more than 25,000 Uruguayans participated in 21 peace missions and currently more than 2,400 Uruguayans are involved in various peace missions, the highest participation of all countries per capita. Over the years 27 Uruguayans lost their lives in support of peace missions.
  • Uruguay is a strong and consistent supporter of UN reform to ensure a more coherent, more effective and efficient organization for the 21st century
  • Uruguay did not only achieve the objectives of the Millenium Goals, but is ready with an agenda of even more ambitious goals. The UN programme in cooperation with Uruguay, within the context of the initiative “United in Action”, is designed to continue reducing inequality and social exclusion, especially in respect of children and  women, to strengthen institutions, promote sustaqinable development and protect human rights.
The Secretary General also mentioned the international conference that will be hosted by Uruguay in Montevideo later this year for countries to exchange experiences on the initiative: "United in Action".
He concluded by describing Uruguay as a model of inspiration in respect of the important issues of the day: a model of tolerance, inclusivity and solidarity.
This praise from the UN Secretary General also puts into perspective Uruguay’s aspirations towards a Non-Permanent ONSC Seat in 2015/16.

SA EMBASSY MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
 


 
 
 
 

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