Fighting inequality is among greatest challenges of our times, Philippines tells UN

24 September 2010

Combating inequality remains one of the greatest challenges of our times and the richer countries must help their less developed, President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines told the General Assembly today.

Combating inequality remains one of the greatest challenges of our times and the richer countries must help their less developed, President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines told the General Assembly today.

“The wealth of nations must become an instrument to move the world further along the straight and righteous path of compassion and communal responsibility,” he said.

“The message is clear: there are those who need help, and acting with compassion toward those who need help is a response that is both humane and necessary…

“The chasm between the powerful and powerless, the haves and the have-nots, remains to be bridged. The past century has demonstrated, in terms so stark that it inspired the creation of this organization, that when the mighty clash, those who have less end up trampled. This is true where conflict exists, and true where markets exist, true in our nation, and true in an international context.”

He noted that those who stand to lose much, if not everything, from the effects of human-induced climatic conditions are those who did little to cause it.

“There is an enormous need to ensure, as a matter of justice, that countries, particularly the vulnerable, are assisted in their adaptation and disaster risk reduction efforts and are provided the necessary resources to build climate-resilient communities,” Mr. Aquino said.

“This should go hand-in-hand with ambitious commitments by major economies to significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.”

In a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Aquino discussed regional issues, including the need to ensure a credible electoral process in Myanmar and the importance of engagement by other countries in the region.

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