Correspondent in Berlin
The visit of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to Berlin takes place at the moment in which Germany takes stock of its semester in the rotating presidency of the EU and few days before vaccination campaigns start in Europe, a turning point in the fight against the pandemic that he has valued as “significant” and that he has used to congratulate, once again, the German contribution, given that the first vaccine developed comes from a laboratory in Germany. Guterres has made, before the plenary session of the Bundestag, a laudatory speech to the management of Chancellor Mekel, not only against the coronavirus but also against other great challenges that humanity faces in the 1920s, such as protection climate or the preservation of multilateralism. “Studies show that management work led by women in the fight against the Covid pandemic has yielded better results,” he alluded to Merkel’s female condition, who has askedGermany “a stronger role in the world” and has claimed that “the vaccine must be a global public good.”
Guterres has described the Germany of 2021 as a “power of peace” and a “pillar of multilateralism.” “As Secretary General of the UN, I am a witness to how Germany works on a day-to-day basis, with deep historical awareness and responsibility, to progressively assume a leadership role in the world ”, he said,“ I see how Germany faces the great challenges of our time ”. “Germany is an important ally throughout the world in our fight for peace,” he emphasized, citing the German commitment in Afghanistan and the Sahel region as an example. As well has expressly congratulated Merkel for the organization of the International Conference of Libya, last January in Berlin and has encouraged the German Parliament to follow that same path when Merkel, who ends her fourth and last term in power in 2021, has left.
«I urgently ask you, Germany must assume a stronger role in the world, in the maintenance of peace and multilateralism, in the defense of Human Rights, which today is directly connected with the processes of digitization and protection of the climate ”, has urged the German deputies.
«Today the greatest threat is not wars, but our own crimes against nature“, He warned, going on to note the series of data that support the fact that” global warming is already a fact “and describing an” apocalyptic “scenario in which Germany makes in his opinion an important contribution with its reduction metrics of emissions until 2030, its policy of abandoning energy from coal and its support for the Paris Agreement, to which it contributes “with great support to its financing.” He also pointed out that Germany is needed “in the work on many other challenges, such as the erosion of nuclear powers”, and ended his speech by regretting that the grand projected worldwide concerts cannot be held today. on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, canceled due to the pandemic. “But in return we have been able to listen to a global choir, with singers who from different parts of the world sang in unison their Ode to Joy, a sign of the new times we live in, in which there are also new hopes.”
This flattering and grateful speech takes place as Germany’s interim occupation of one of the seats of the UN Security Council, which the country has claimed for decades as permanent, is about to end. It also coincides with the confrontation that the representatives of Russia and China have staged within the council in recent days with the German ambassador to the UN, Christophe Hughes, who in a session on Syria he criticized the positions of these two countries and warned that they contribute to further complicate the delivery of important humanitarian aid.
Furthermore, the German Government has just published a report in which it denounces the deterioration of the human rights situation in China, Russia and Turkey, in which it points out, for example, the negative trend in China since 2012. “Rights Individuals are being increasingly undermined, “warns the document, which states that” this concerns both civil and political rights and freedom of the press and expression, in addition to religious freedom. On Russia, he declares that “especially with regard to the 2019 elections, freedom of assembly has been marketed” and criticizes that the Internet Sovereignty Law of 2019 “has created a scenario in which online censorship is allowed.” Guterres’ speech supports these positions and also represents a farewell to Merkel with an honorable mention for the many services rendered in various international conflicts during her 16 years in power.
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