Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. addressed on Monday, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, commending the President of the General Assembly for choosing the theme, "The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform Our World," and recognizing the United Nation's "continuing resilience and relevance" as an important international platform of ideas and constructive engagement.
"Today, the Philippines, once again, is privileged to renew its commitment to the cause of peace, security and sustainable development through key priority areas and advocacies identified in the 2030 Agenda," Secretary Yasay said.
"The global action to transform our world illuminates the urgency and importance of our efforts in the Philippines to explore new horizons and break new grounds anchored on our unremitting commitment as a democracy to the rule of law, to the well-being of our sovereign people, and to remain a responsible partner of the international community," the Secretary added.
Outlining President Rodrigo R. Duterte's governance roadmap for peace, security and development, Secretary Yasay discussed the following key policy priorities:
On Commitment to the Rule of Law, strict adherence to due process fully governs the national campaign against corruption and criminality, including the fight against illegal drugs.
On Commitment to the Filipino People, the Philippines, continues to enhance the delivery and quality of basic social services to the Filipino people, anchored on the implementation of a human approach to development and governance and pursuant to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, the Philippines reiterates its call for climate justice and the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) in the implementation of obligations under the Paris Agreement.
On Commitment to Peace and the International Community, the Philippines reaffirms its abiding commitment to pursue the peaceful resolution and management of disputes in the South China Sea, following the arbitral award of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which is final and binding on all parties.
Secretary Yasay was joined by Madame Cecile Joaquin Yasay, DFA Undersecretary for Policy, Enrique A. Manalo; DFA Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Ariel Y. Abadilla; Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN, H.E. Lourdes O. Ypparraguirre; OPAPP Undersecretary Diosita T. Andot; UNIO Assistant Secretary Bayani S. Mercado; Consul General Mario L. De Leon, Jr.; members of the Philippine Delegation, Officers and Staff of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN and the Philippine Consulate General in New York.
The High-Level General Debate at the UN from September 20-26 will have 192 Heads of State, Heads of Government, Vice Presidents, a Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers, Vice Ministers and Chairs of Delegations, delivering their respective national statements before the General Assembly.
"The Philippines, as a Founding Member of the United Nations, walks and works with the community of nations in truly transforming our world where the universal values of equality, tolerance and human dignity must prevail," Secretary Yasay concluded.
Source: Philippine Information Agency