WHY AM I A CANDIDATE?
Fellow citizens across the Globe,
After careful consideration, I have decided to accept the nomination of the Macedonian government to run for the position of UN Secretary General in 2016. As we mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UNITED NATIONS, all the people from San Francisco to Tokyo, from New York to Delhi, from Moscow to Rio, from Beijing to Cairo, from Paris to Sydney, from London to Johannesburg should raise their awareness of good spirit, global thinking and collective responsibility of nations under the UN umbrella.
The UN has proved its viability throughout these 70 years. Now time has come for exploring new horizons. In doing so the UN will honor its past, justify its present and secure its future.
My priorities for the UN agenda are:
• Priority 1: Democratic Governance and Reform of the UN
Democracy is the foundation of political stability. It is the main condition for national expression, justice and equality. And as such, it must be preserved as the sanctity of good governance. Opening new horizons means reforming the UN. It is a complex issue and therefore deserves our full attention, especially in the sphere of management reform.
• Priority 2: Security
Security whether local, regional, or global is simply non-negotiable. It is essential for political equality, prosperity and peace. The significance of diplomatic dialogue and multilateral cooperation in achieving a safe world and preventing terrorism is unparalleled and as such it must be guarded ardently. Security ensures effective democratic processes and economic stability.
• Priority 3: Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Climate change is far more than just another environmental issue. It cuts across all sectors – energy, agriculture, security and trade. Climate change threatens markets, economies and developmental goals. It can deplete food and water supplies, provoke conflict and migration, destabilize fragile societies, and even topple governments. Is this mere exaggeration? Not to the hungry residents of northern Kenya or the increasingly careworn farmers of California. Not to the citizens of the Maldives, already wondering whether their homeland will be diminished by the ocean, or the millions of people living in the metropolitan areas. Not to the hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest who have little defense mechanism against the storms, floods and droughts that each year keep on intensifying in scope.
Addressing Climate Change and enhancement of Financing for Development (FfD) should always be among our top priorities. The nexus between these core issues is fundamental to implementing the post 2015 sustainable development agenda as an imperative for global cooperation and partnership.
• Priority 4: Gender Equality, Education and Citizen Participation
Instead of simply discussing gender equality, we need to take action in achieving gender consciousness and reaching a proportional equilibrium between men and women not only in the UN, but in all spheres of political, social, economic and cultural governance. Furthermore, the strive for achieving gender consciousness is intractably connected to education. If humanity can be overcome by an insatiable desire for knowledge we will have not only an informed and educated citizenry but conscious constituents ready for inclusion and participation in all social processes. As policy makers we must place health and education high on the political agenda and provide the necessary conditions that every individual contributes positively to society.
• Priority 5: Migration
In the contemporary world, the social phenomenon of mobility and relocation is referred to as migration. Nevertheless, misunderstandings and mutual disrespect between people who have planted roots in different nooks and crannies on this Earth stem from our ignorance of the fact that the entire history of mankind is one extensive and constant moving act, all in search of a better habitat.
All of these issues can be adequately addressed throughout the intricate networks, organs and committees of the UN as an international organization that has a global impact. This is why, I believe in the UN because it is a product of visionary statesmen and their collective wisdom.
I believe in the UN because it is the Guardian of peace and security in the world.
I believe in the UN because it is the Steward of global development and cooperation.
I believe in the UN because it is the Driving Force for global partnerships and multilateralism.
I believe in the UN because it is the Defender of human rights and individual freedom.
I believe in the UN and therefore pledge my experience, expertise and eligibility to serving its member states if elected Secretary General.
Dr. Srgjan Kerim
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