In Finland, Fréchette urges States to define interests within global framework

In Finland, Fréchette urges States to define interests within global framework

Louise Fréchette
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, today urged participants at a meeting in Finland on partnerships to view their concerns from a global perspective.

Attending the Helsinki Conference, held under the theme "Searching for Global Partnerships," Ms. Fréchette emphasized that in broad terms there was considerable agreement on the common global values, such as those identified in the UN Charter and the Millennium Declaration, which was adopted by world leaders attending a summit in 2000.

At the same time, she pointed out that in everyday reality, these values are sometimes interpreted differently, depending on culture, tradition and history. "It is also important to recognize that we do not live in a world of principles alone; there is also interests and power," she stressed.

Ms. Fréchette challenged government leaders to define their own interest within a global framework and convince their citizens that this was important.

Also participating in the Conference were a number of high-ranking political decision-makers, heads of international organizations, key researchers, civil society and business representatives.