Guatemala’s President, at UN debate, pledges open government, zero-tolerance for corruption

23 September 2016

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, voiced his commitment to fight the corruption that weakens institutions.

“Regarding transparency, we are committed to a zero tolerance for corruption and, to that end, open government has become one of the fundamental pillars of our administration,” Mr. Morales told the Assembly’s annual debate.

The election of the new Government was an expression of the discontent among the population, he said, stressing that a reconstruction of society is required, and transparency in governance, healthcare, education and development needs to be improved.

He explained that corruption has weakened the country’s institutions and hampered development. The Government has made primary education and the effective management of hospitals, nutrition and maternal health top priorities.

However, he said, challenges in the areas of human rights and tackling climate change remain. His Government seeks to engage further with the UN Human Rights Council to address relevant issues.

He went on to express his profound admiration for migrants in Guatemala and their hard work. “They are unsung heroes, model citizens in every part of the world who have rights and a greater human dignity,” he said, noting that the Government is adamant about their protection during all stages of migration.

With regard to the 2030 Agenda, he noted that it is in line with the country’s 2032 K’atun National Development Plan.

He also called for strengthened international dialogue and cooperation to prevent future conflicts in the region, stressing the need to maintain peace and strengthen the rule of law. Guatemala will continue to support UN peacekeeping missions worldwide and remains concerned about the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Mali and Sudan, he said.

 

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