Marcos Calls for UN Member States’ Support for Philippines Bid for Security Council Seat │ GMA News Online


President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday (PHL time) called on United Nations member states to support the Philippines’ bid for a non-permanent seat on the organization’s Security Council.

“Our continued solidarity will also benefit from a reformed and more inclusive Security Council and an empowered General Assembly that can hold the Council to account. At the same time, the United Nations must move forward with its flagship tradition of maintaining world peace,” Marcos said. in his speech at the high-level general debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“My country’s experience in building peace and building new avenues of cooperation can enrich the work of the Security Council. And to this end, I appeal to the valuable support of all member states of the United Nations for the candidacy of the Philippines to the Security Council for the term of 2027-2028,” he added.

Marcos cited development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as the centerpiece of the Philippines’ efforts to achieve peace.

“The peace we have forged after decades of conflict between warring factions and clans demonstrates that unity is possible even in the most difficult of circumstances,” the president said.

“Inclusive dialogue involving all stakeholders, including women, youth, religious leaders and civil society, conducted with patience and good faith, has produced a credible and solid foundation for self-government that paves the way for sustainable peace and development,” he added. .

He also mentioned that the Philippines builds partnerships for peace and development through dialogue, especially through interfaith and interreligious dialogue, especially through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) .

“In the face of great diversity, we believe that partnerships form the bridge to unite us all in promoting peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” Marcos said.

End war, respect human rights

Meanwhile, Marcos said there was also a need to reaffirm the wisdom of the UN’s founders and that this means “transcending our differences and committing to end war, uphold justice, uphold human rights and to maintain international peace and security”.

He mentioned that nuclear weapons have continued to pose an existential threat despite efforts to establish norms that will resoundingly ban them.

“We must reject the notion of deterrence and remain committed to reducing the global stockpile of these weapons,” Marcos said.

“At the same time, we must also tackle the scourge of the proliferation of all weapons, whether small arms, light weapons or improvised explosive devices,” he added.

Marcos left Manila on Sunday for a working visit to the United States and will return to the Philippines on September 24.

Previously, he met with the Filipino community in New Jersey and then presented his administration’s plan to revive the country’s economy at the New York Stock Exchange Economic Forum. —News BAP/KG, GMA


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