Ankara, Turkey – ‘The World Is Bigger Than Five’ Is The Biggest-ever Rise Against Global Injustice. UN message from President Erdogan: we need to reform the UN Security Council.
“In order to make the United Nations system effective again, we must first reform the Security Council,” President Erdogan said, noting that the UN system cannot be effective in preventing and ending conflicts.” said.
“In order to reactivate the UN system, we must first reform the Security Council. A council structure that leaves the fate of more than 7 billion people at the mercy of 5 countries is not fair or sustainable,” he said.
President Erdogan sent a video message to a high-level meeting to be held on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN. President Erdogan, who began his message by congratulating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN, noted that the anniversaries are a celebration as well as a valuable opportunity to make accounting. “As humanity, we face many important problems that affect our health, economy, social peace and future, especially the coronavirus epidemic. We face a picture of 170 million people around the world in urgent need of help and protection. The number of starving people exceeded 820 million, while more than 70 million people were forced to leave their homes due to conflict and oppression. The Covid-19 epidemic has unfortunately made these injustices and inequalities in the world much sharper,” he said.
Pointing to Turkey’s assistance to other countries in the epidemic process, President Erdogan said: “as the country that provides the most assistance in the world according to national income, we have tried to alleviate the problems caused by the epidemic with all the opportunities we have. In this process, we sent medical supplies and equipment to 146 countries of the world, regardless of religion, language, race, continent, while meeting the needs of our own citizens. Excessive profit ambition, power concentration and the desire to continue colonialism with new methods are the biggest obstacles to the distribution of Justice of the global system. Stability, which cannot be achieved in various parts of the world, especially in Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Afghanistan, is proof of this,” he said.
In his message, President Erdogan stressed the shortcomings in the UN system:
“Despite the ideals set out, the UN system can neither prevent conflicts nor end conflicts that have begun. Now we all see that we cannot overcome today’s tests with structures shaped according to the needs of the previous century. In order to reactivate the UN system, we must first reform the Security Council. A council structure that leaves the fate of more than 7 billion people at the mercy of 5 countries is not fair or sustainable. A democratic, transparent, accountable, effective and fair representation-based Council architecture has become more of a necessity than a choice for humanity. The strengthening and revitalization of the UN General Assembly will contribute to the solution of our problems.”
President Erdogan also stressed the importance of turning Istanbul into a UN center, adding:
“The transformation of Istanbul, which is the crossroads of continents, into a UN center, will support global peace and stability efforts. Ambassador Volkan Bozkir, a senior diplomat and politician, is a proud occasion for Turkey as well as a chance for the international community to assume the position of President of the 75th General Assembly. I thank you for your encouragement to Turkey. I would like to reiterate on this occasion that we will continue our support and contribution to the UN system. I salute you all with respect and love.”