President Stevo Pendarovski addressed today the celebration of the 76th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, which took place in the City Park in Skopje, organized by the Office of the Permanent Coordinator of the United Nations in the Republic of North Macedonia.
In his address, President Pendarovski spoke about the vision of the generation whose historic task was to rebuild the devastated world after the two world wars and through the United Nations Charter laid the foundations of a new order and expressed a shared vision for peace and security, development and human rights.
“In the past 76 years, the United Nations has prevented many conflicts, eradicated many infectious diseases, lifted millions out of poverty. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international treaties and conventions affirm the inherent dignity of every human. The corpus of international law has introduced far greater certainty in the relations between states. Despite all the successes of the United Nations, we live in a world that is still far from the dream of its founders. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed existing systemic inequalities and social injustices and further aggravated the situation of vulnerable segments in almost every society”, President Pendarovski said.
He noted that many of the climate action plans are directly related to the Sustainable Development Goals, and correspond to the European Union’s Green Agenda. The President also referred to the recently adopted Long-Term Climate Action Strategy with an action plan aimed at achieving green, low carbon and climate-resistant development and said that we look forward to the upcoming climate change summit – COP26 in Glasgow. Apart from the commitment to climate action, President Pendarovski pointed out that it is crucial to have a shared vision for the development of the country.
“For that purpose, at the very beginning of my term, I initiated the project “MKD2030” as our, authentic strategic framework for the development of North Macedonia until the end of this decade. By including representatives of all segments of society, through “MKD2030” we set the fundamental long-term development priorities. I also support the National Development Strategy 2021-2041, which, as a next phase, should complement “MKD2030”. We are grateful for the support of the United Nations and other donors in implementing this unique comprehensive long-term planning process. In this short time we have, we must direct our joint efforts to create a future for the youth here in North Macedonia”, the President said.
He added that the consequences of the decisions made by our generation will be felt by future generations and that we must not make decisions for young people without their participation.
“That is why UNICEF and I launched the “Rethink the Future” initiative, which gives young people space to get involved in defining the vision for the future they want for themselves and for future generations. It is our duty to help them be part of the policy-making and decision-making processes that affect theirs and the future of us all. To achieve that bright future, we must work in many fields at the same time. Supported by new goals and methods, through education we need today to build the citizens of tomorrow who will be more aware of economic and social inequalities, who will be seen as part of nature, but not as its masters, and who will be more productive and responsibly use new digital technologies. We must educate a generation of people who will respect the dignity of differences. I am convinced that the United Nations, as one of the most important international organizations, will have an irreplaceable role in building such a future in our country and in the world”, President Pendarovski said in his address on the occasion of the United Nations Day.