[Hpn] Fwd: Castro's Address to the UN Summit

Coalition on Homelessness, SF coh@sfo.com
Fri, 15 Sep 2000 11:58:44 -0700


At 1:23 PM -0700 9/14/00, Joel Tena wrote:
>President Fidel Castro's Address to the UN Summit in NY on Wednesday:
>
>Excellencies:
>
>There is chaos in our world, both within the countries' borders and beyond.
>Blind laws are offered like divine norms that would bring peace, order,
>well being and the security our planet so badly needs. That is what they
>would have us believe.
>
>Three dozen developed and wealthy nations that monopolize the economic,
>political and technological power have joined us in this gathering to offer
>more of the same recipes that have only served to make us poorer, more
>exploited and more dependent.
>
>There is not even discussion about a radical reform of this old institution
>over a half century ago when there were few independent nations-to turn
>it into a true representative body of the interests of all the peoples on
>Earth, an institution where no one would have the irritating and
>anti-democratic right of veto and where a transparent process could be
>undertaken to expand membership and representation in the Security Council,
>an executive body subordinated to the General Assembly, which should be the
>one making the decisions on such crucial issues as intervention and the use
>of force.
>
>It should be clearly stated that the principle of sovereignty cannot be
>sacrificed to an abusive and unfair order that a hegemonic superpower uses,
>together with its own might and strength, to try to decide everything by
>itself. That, Cuba will never accept.
>
>The poverty and underdevelopment prevailing in most nations as well as the
>inequality in the distribution of wealth and knowledge in the world are
>basically at the source of the present conflicts. It cannot be overlooked
>that current underdevelopment and poverty have resulted from conquest,
>colonization, slavery and plundering in most countries of the planet by the
>colonial powers and from the emergence of imperialism and the bloody wars
>motivated by new distributions of the world. Today, it is their moral
>obligation to compensate our nations for the damages caused throughout
>centuries.
>
>Humanity should be aware of what we have been so far and what we cannot
>continue to be. Presently, our species has enough accumulated knowledge,
>ethical values and scientific resources to move towards a new historical
>era of true justice and humanism.
>
>There is nothing in the existing economic and political order that can
>serve the interests of Humankind. Thus, it is unsustainable and it must be
>changed. Suffice it to say that the world population is already 6 billion,
>80% of which live in poverty. Ages-old diseases from Third World nations
>such as malaria, tuberculosis and others equally lethal have not been
>eradicated while new epidemics like AIDS threaten to exterminate the
>population of entire nations. On the other hand, wealthy countries keep
>investing enormous amounts of money in the military and in luxurious items
>and a voracious plague of speculators exchange currencies, stocks and other
>real or fictitious values for trillions of dollars every day.
>
>Nature is being devastated. The climate is changing under our own eyes and
>drinking water is increasingly contaminated or scarce. The sources of man's
>seafood are being depleted and crucial non-renewable resources are wasted
>in luxury and triviality.
>
>Anyone understands that the United Nations basic role in the pressing new
>century is to save the world not only from war but also from
>underdevelopment, hunger, diseases, poverty and the destruction of the
>natural resources indispensable to human life. And it should do so promptly
>before it is too late!
>
>The dream of having truly fair and sensible rules to guide human destiny
>seems impossible to many. However, we are convinced that the struggle for
>the impossible should be the motto of this institution that brings us
>together today!
>
>Thank you.


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