tv French President Macron Remarks at United Nations General Assembly CSPAN September 19, 2017 5:28pm-6:05pm EDT
traditions vary widely. at time there are competing interests among us. at times there is even open conflict. that is exactly why we need the united nations, and why multilateralism is today more important than ever. we call ourselves the international community. we must act as one because only together as united nations can we fulfill the promise of the charter and advanced human dignity for all. thank you. in foreign languages] [applause]
>> i think the secretary-general of the united nations for his presentation. [applause] on behalf of the general assembly, i am honored to of the united nations, his excellency emmanuel macron, president of the french republic, and to invite him to address the assembly. click secretary-general of the if it is myns, privilege here today to take the to whom for you, i know
i own that privilege. i that privilege to all of those against thee up barbaric regime that sees my country, france. i/o it to those nations that , and our cry of resistance sent their sons and daughters to our aid. they did not all know about france but they knew that were france defeated this would be a defeat for the ideals they shared with us, of which they were proud and ready to give their lives. they knew their freedom and their values depended upon the mendom of other women and who lived thousands of kilometers away from them. whothat privilege to those
once the war had ended dared to take the path of reconciliation and to build a new international order. that understood human rights lay at the heart of international legitimacy. they made amends for the wrongs. those who believe the values of this war had to restore values of tolerance and freedom, that lay at the heart of the united nation. -- united nations. they were just values and held the worst at bay. it is not just to talk to about hearry, but today when i our colleagues talking about the world that exists today, they forget about the history behind us. they talk about our current
interests, and they talk about what will be determined for our lives. my country holds a unique position. we also oh a debt to those who have no voice. it is the duty of france to speak up for those who have no voice. speaking for those who have no voice means speaking for all of us. future.d in the it is those who have no voice i would wish to convey to you. i spoke to a citizen of aleppo. she lived under the terror of bombing, militias. she lived in refugee camps. the syrian community has suffered enough.
it must ask itself about its method to build a durable and just peace. it is urgent for us to move settlement ofal the security council. france lay at the heart of that initiative. we are putting together a roadmap for syria. i would like for all of the p5 to work with us. it is not enough. recent days have thrown light on the charges we face. the solution will be political, not a military solution. is in the interest of all of us to move in that direction.
already stated what our lines are. the use of chemical weapons in the attack on the fourth of april the this must never happen again. to ensureve also health care to all, to enable medical facilities, to provide care to people. france will make this one of the priorities. you must act for peace. against islamic terrorism. we must fight against terrorism in syria. we must act for the benefit of
all those who have perished. jihadists and terrorism has hit -- our countries. ourselves byct joining forces. security must become our first priority. this lies at the heart of the initiative against the use of internet for terrorist purposes and the financing of terrorism. i'll be organizing a conference on this specific topic. i call for all of you to become involved. and the military action that we are undertaking as part of the coalition in syria and iraq. our fight against terrorism is a military fight but also a cultural fight and a moral fight. of action inform
the middle east and africa, and asia. it must bring all of us together. i heard the voice of a school child, i would like to bring to you the voice of that child today. malley -- mali, is only dream was to go to school without risking his life. we are all committed. g5 jointd nations, the force. the european union member states. i would like to pay tribute to all stakeholders there and acknowledge it is an extremely difficult challenge that we face. our challenge is to eliminate terrorism. to build a national capacities so states will take care of
themselves. if the countries most affected failed to shoulder their own responsibility in this matter. it is for this reason, since taking office i have supported the deployment of the joint force for mobilization. i would like to invest in a strengthening support to african peacekeeping missions because that is our future. theust give new talk to peacekeeping and host countries. our capacity to respond to aspirations of peace will depend on that. be they response cannot only response. i would like to highlight the importance of a political response.
i refer to the algiers agreement , and the need for development policy. i wish to bring to you the voice of another today. he crossed roadside, africa before placing his face in the hands -- fate in the hand of smugglers. he reached the other sure where so many others perished. the refugee, the displaced theon, the migrant is today symbol of our era, of a world where there are no barriers to the onward march of despair. ofmust change the road freedom. climate, ethnic conflict.
need to fully persecution. refugees, the000 majority children, military operations there must sees. and the rule of law must be because as we know we are dealing with ethnic cleansing. annce will be making initiative within the security council to that effect. concerns the need to save your country when war is raging. the military and law is no longer respected. exile whenneed for they uphold at the freedom becomes the first target. protection of regime is a moral duty.
france has decided to uphold that duty. escape routes for refugees were ever required. by defending and upholding the geneva convention. we brought together african countries and european countries that were most affected by migration along the central mediterranean roots. combatority is there to trafficking. their stock in trade is despair. we must put it into unbearable violations by putting infrastructure with hrc, helping countries to better control migration flow.
faced with terrorism, migration, short-term responses are not enough. we must address the profound causes of instability. and terrorism are political challenges first and foremost for all of us. causes are of a civilizational order. if we overcome these challenges only through development. vote 0.55% of our national income for public development aid over the next five years. devote .55% of our national income for public
development aid over the next five years. that applause these to be tempered. it is not enough. france is not stepping up to the table enough. it is not because it is a matter of money. it is the efficiency of the use of that money. responsibilityke for the expenditure of that money we are contributing. development aid must be more innovative. we must be more intelligent. step up to our responsibilities and the challenge, to ensure it arrives in the countries where it is useful to thet is purposes defined.
with the european union and the world bank we will be doing that. we are assessing the priorities. it is here where we could win the fight against this. we can fight against this phenomenon bringing down entire regions and countries. call upon the international community to step up to the , where we set off the world partnership for education. this is a key struggle for all of us. we must give the opportunity to young girls and boys to obtain education, to choose their own future. not the future invoked on them by need but the future that they
should choose for themselves. our second priority is how to combat pandemics. when youave no hope are unable to educate yourself or have access to health care. advocates for freedom of expression, wherever the role of women is undermined. it is the ability of a country to take its proper place in the world if undermined. our combat, this is our fight. this is a universal fight and struggle that concerns all continental people were ever culture is undermined. it is our ability to rise to challenges.
unesco is such an important organization. it has a key role to play to preserve the human face for the world. we must preserve progress. and freedom of expression is most urgent and pressing topic. who express themselves, we must preserve the freedom of the press. for this reason i call for the designation of a special representative for the protection of journalists of the world. if we don't protect the freedom of expression, then we will all suffer. i would like to's week on behalf
-- to speak on behalf of my fellow frenchman. i am thinking of his house in ruins, the fear that this may happen again because climate change is leading to an increasing number of disasters. the future of our world is the future of our planet. shoulder our responsibility. the climate will not negotiate with us. humankind must defend itself by protecting itself. extreme weather events will explode. all affected by the failings of the client -- climate before this assembly.
my country promised we would achieve that. that agreement is not up for negotiation. it rallies us together. taking it apart would mean taking apart an agreement not -- weetween countries will not backtrack. i respect the decision of the united states. [applause] i fully respect the decision of the united states but the door will always be open. we will continue with all governments alongside local government cities, and citizens.
we will continue to implement the paris agreement. we have the certainty and energy of those who wish to build a better world. that better world will lead to innovation, job creation. tot may not be pleasing those who think that the future is about looking to the past. will build it now by making our contributions as nations. which places us on the road to carbon neutrality. on the 12th of december of this year we will be meeting with those who wish to drive forward with a real solution. i would like to confirm that france will be playing a role
here. our additions.ng will be to forage international law for the coming century with the support from u.n. agencies at a time when some want us to stop. we must move forward. climate change is not stopping. extreme weather events are not stopping. our duty of solidarity is not stopping either. behind all of our decisions there are the voices that i brought you and the lives that i brought you. we must stand because back in the day people stood up for us and defended us. voices are brought to us.
why did we not heed them to a greater extent? what has inspired mankind? the desire for mutual assistance and progress. about them.you they are our compatriots. securityurity is our and vice versa. in ae inextricably linked community of destiny, today and in the future. the global balances have changed. the world has become a multipolar world. we must learn a new the complexity of dialogue and the riches it can bring to us. up fromon is coming
instability. libya, i knowledge before this assembly the responsibility of those to make sure libya regains its stability. progresss us to make to ensure the success of the political process. we must succeed with organizing will do myand i utmost to achieve that. the same goes for venezuela. collective action must enable us to uphold democracy. grounds toe no dictatorial trends that we see
underway today. we must ensure the opposing of the commitments that have been made. andust ensure a cease-fire we must work together with our partners in germany to get the parties to that conflict, to uphold and respect international law. facing aralism is challenge in meeting the challenges of nuclear proliferation. pyongyang has crossed a major threshold in military escalation. this concerns all of us. it is an existential threat. anyh korea has not made sign of wishing to negotiate
today. the north korean government is determined to raise the stakes. our responsibility is through toolve, to bring north korea the negotiating table for a political settlement to this conflict. france will not close any door to dialogue provided that the conditions are brought together for a dialogue in favor of peace. objective that i would like to speak in favor of. we put together a solid and verifiable agreement with iran that will ensure they did not obtain nuclear weapons. renouncing it would be a grave .rror it would be irresponsible to
fail to uphold that agreement. it is essential to peace and a time when a downward spiral cannot be discounted. yesterday toi said my partners. us to work on the ballistic activity of iran. post 2020rk on the solution. we must increase our demand. count to five -- the previous agreements. resolve theged to iranian situation. , multilateralism is the only way forward, and that applies to north korea.
[applause] i cannot say whether my willssor in the far future have the privilege of speaking before you. will multilateralism survive this doubt and change? recall the state of our world 70 years ago, broken towar, and we ought to try regain the optimism that we held up in the face of so many reasons to doubt back then. we must regain faith in what brings us together. we must find trust again in values of the united nations to protect all individuals across the planet and guarantee their dignity.
how did we get to the current situation? we have allowed the idea to proliferate that multilateralism is a game for diplomat sitting around a table. happened overas the past few years. the idea to gain currency we were stronger if we took unilateral action. multilateralism was not addressing all challenges. tohave allowed the situation drive on. we have failed to address climate change. we have failed to address the challenges that have been brought about by unregulated capitalism. road,continue along that it is survival of the fittest that will prevail.
we have forgotten the history that has made us. we have a lot -- we have allowed it is survival of the fittest. the challenge that we face is to our values, to recognize their is nothing more effective than multilateralism in our current world because all of our challenges are multilateral. change.rorism, climate we can only address those challenges through multilateralism. law of survival of the fittest. the world, if we are to achieve it is only through multilateralism that we will do that. vision is universal. anytime we have conceded certain
ideas on the inequality of for onet is a matter citizen -- civilization but for another, we abandon these values. powers sittingat around the table at the security council, they have written out multilateralism, failed to live up to the agreements. they have undermined multilateralism. must uphold multilateralism. today more than ever before we
need multilateralism, not is a refugeomehow for intellectuals. it is because multilateralism is about the rule of law. it is in all of our interests. we will riseralism to the challenges that face us. for us to achieve that, we have the united nations. which has the full legitimacy to face the challenges. i support the project of the secretary-general and his ambition to make this into an organization that is able to face up to the challenges we face. .e must seek resources for that
seek ways of addressing the received notions some of us may have. need a security council in a position to make effective doesn't use its veto when atrocious -- atrocities are carried out. better coordination and crisis management with the african union and the key organizations. standing shoulder to shoulder with the united nations carrying out the reform in the pipeline.
all of us have our rightful place, we must listen to those voices that are left aside. if we were to fail to listen to the oppressed, we would enable challenges they faced to grow until they engulf all of us. the safety of all of us is also their safety. their lives are our lives. hear the voices of those calling for our help is to believe that it was laws that protect us.
what protects us is our --ereignty and our use of [inaudible] failing to listen to those that theird be voices are not ours. what we need to protect is peace, freedom and justice. it is not something we can just enjoy in our own corner. if we don't stand up for those values than all of us will be affected. today more than ever before our security.l is our our security is there security. we cannot have on the one hand
that is the wrong approach. leave for all of us to strong and responsible multilateralism. it is the responsibility of our generation as a whole. must display courage to hear those voices. acknowledge their stories. interestslance our security., safety and it is the common good of our planet. today and forup our common future. thank you. [applause]