Turkey presents new vision for shaky UN system

Published 27.09.2017 20:28

Turkey presents a new vision that needs to be taken into consideration by the U.N., which is currently losing its stability on shaky ground

Amid criticism for being unable to provide solutions to global crises, the U.N. should consider renewing itself with the help of new visions and examples provided by its long-term members.

Despite the majority of world leaders addressing the U.N. General Assembly complaining about the functioning and structure of the 194-member global body, no concrete proposal was made, except for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's offer for renewal of the U.N. Security Council's (UNSC) structure.

In addition to that proposal, which was made in the General Assembly, Ankara practically became a reference for a new vision for humanitarian assistance, ecologically friendly politics and social equality.

The absence of the U.N. in certain regions affected by humanitarian crises is being answered by Turkey's humanitarian diplomacy and assistance.

The U.N. system, which should have provided urgent assistance for the wellbeing of people, has nearly collapsed.

The notion of people was at the center of discussions at the UN's 72nd General Assembly, but no single leader at the summit presented a concrete proposition for the interest of people.

With its policies on people, refugees, oppressed communities and African countries, which are in need of life-saving social assistance, Turkey presents a serious vision that needs to be taken into consideration by the international community, which is currently losing its stability on shaky ground.

While Erdoğan was proposing a new system for the UNSC in which representation of the world's communities would be enhanced, first lady Emine Erdoğan hosted a conference on the sidelines of the U.N. meeting concerning refugees and the Rohingya crisis.

Since her visit to Bangladesh to meet with Muslim Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar, the global community's awareness of this catastrophic situation has increased.

She shared her experience at the U.N. level at this meeting, which was attended by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the head of the Organization of Immigration.

In addition to these steps, she hosted another event in Ankara to promote an environmentally friendly project to increase care and awareness for a healthy environment.

The Environment and Urbanization Ministry's Zero Waste project was presented to the public at a meeting at the Presidential Palace complex. In her address at the meeting, she drew attention to the urgency to protect the environment to leave a clean world to future generations.

No matter; Ankara is faced with harsh criticism from certain circles in the West, which minimizes Turkey's efforts to propose solutions on a global scale. Turkey continues to present a vision concerning a number of topics ranging from refugees to environmental issues.

More than 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who received aid from Turkey are first-hand witnesses of that vision, a vision that gives priority to people.

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