President Iohannis asks world leaders to support Romania’s bid to become non-permanent member of the UN Security Council


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President Klaus Iohannis has addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, saying he counts on the support of the UN Member States for Romania’s becoming a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021.

Romania is running for a non-permanent member in the Security Council for 2020-2021. Through this candidacy, we assume our part of responsibility in the effort to increase the Council’s efficiency. We hope that our entire evolution so far within the UN will convince you once again that Romania is determined to support the United Nations Organisation in its activities of promoting peace and development for all of its members. Peace, development and justice are the paramount rocks of our multilateral strategy. We respect our partners and we count on dialogue. We rely on your extremely priceless support for our candidacy. Romania will make a responsible partner in promoting the UN common agenda,” Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said in his speech delivered within the general debates of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“There are still unsolved conflicts in the Black Sea region”

At the same time, the Romanian head of state said in the UN General Assembly that Romania is taking action in the Black Sea region, arguing there are still conflicts in the area which are serious threats against the international security.

We have the duty to better explain which are the current challenges against peace, justice and sustainability of our society and we talk a lot about the role the UN is playing to tackle them,” he said, arguing that clear solutions must be proposed. “Romania is taking action in its region in this respect. There are still unsolved conflicts in the extended area of the Black Sea, which represent serious threats for the region and for the international security“.

About the EU-UN partnership

Klaus Iohannis pointed out that Romania, as a country that will take over the Presidency of the EU council as of January 1, 2019, is determined to enhance the relation of the European Union with the UN.

“When I talk about commitment I refer not only to politicians and diplomats. We must also get the young generations involved, the representatives of the civil society, journalists, businessmen. We need all these people to promote the cause of the global leadership,” Iohannis said.

He also talked about the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, announcing that Romania will host the regional conference “Agenda 2030: Partnerships for Sustainable Development” in April next year.

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