UN Secretary General Urges to Fight for Equitable Globalization

Havana, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, urged Tuesday from Havana to fight for an equitable globalization, in the face of increased structural economic, political and social gaps in the world.

In a planet increasingly interconnected by the advance of globalization, it is necessary that ‘no one be left behind’, the official underlined, when speaking at the 37th session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

According to Guterres, since its creation, ECLAC has been a progressive champion and official voice in defense of social and economic justice worldwide, whose conceptions stand out for the vision on equality in its broadest sense: economically, politically and social.

Seventy years after its foundation, the Commission remains at the forefront of efforts to promote an equitable globalization, which will require major changes in current patterns of production and consumption, he said.

Vision and approaches of entities such as ECLAC, he said, are now more necessary than ever before in front of the expansion of global challenges, including environmental issues.

Although in the times of globalization, many people emerged from extreme poverty and the middle class has increased as never before, there are too many people left behind, insisted the representative of the United Nations, who recalled the particular disadvantages of women and young people.

‘What world is this in which a group of men accumulates the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of humanity?’ Questioned Guterres, whose reflections warned about the possible exacerbation of inequality, due to the current course of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.

The UN SG called for strengthening the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development and the objectives of this international commitment, and urged to increase official development assistance, as well as the search for other sources to ensure resources for poor countries and average income.

According to Guterres, the international community should also deepen its goals in the face of climate change, because the purposes set out in the Paris Agreement are insufficient, in front of the advance of this phenomenon, with increasingly serious consequences.

The Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel; Cepal’s executive secretary, Alicia Barcena, and the general secretary of the Association of Caribbean States, June Summer, attended the forum, which takes place at Havana Convention Center.

The meeting will be held until Friday, and will examine a new study by ECLAC entitled ‘The inefficiency of inequality’.

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