STATEMENT BY H.E. Y.HALİT ÇEVİK PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY at the INFORMAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY MEETING ON THE OCCASION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE CHARTER OF THE UN

H.E. Halit Çevik 26.10.2015
Thank you Mr. President.

At the outset, I would like to express our condolences to the brotherly Afghanistan and Pakistan for today’s major earthquake and our wish of speedy recovery for the injured. As always, Turkey stands ready for any assistance they may require.

It is an honour to address this august body on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter.

It was 70 years ago that the nations of the world came together and signed the Charter, which remains the primary document governing international relations. Turkey, as a founding member, is proud of the achievements of the UN.

Mr. President,

We have adopted by consensus a resolution which constitutes the testament of our commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter. On the other hand, anniversaries are also occasions for candid assessments and this one should not be an exception.

We, the peoples of the world, as represented by this Organization, unfortunately were not successful in preventing numerous regional conflicts. Half the world population lives with an income under two-and-a-half dollars and almost 20 thousand children die every day of hunger and poverty. Millions of people are still deprived of their fundamental rights and freedoms.

The world is now witnessing the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Humanitarian crises triggered by conflicts, climate change, epidemics or disasters alike, bring about serious impacts regionally and globally. As the recent tragic exodus of refugees demonstrated, such crises transcend the borders and the regions.

We cannot achieve a world of safety and dignity for all without addressing the plight of millions of people affected by the ongoing complex emergencies. Any diplomacy that does not touch the souls of the human beings, that does not speak to human conscience and that does not have a humanitarian essence, will not bring lasting solutions.

While anchoring our past, today and future to the principles of the UN Charter, we have to bear in mind the realities around us, as they bitterly remind the UN and the international community of their responsibilities and moral obligations.

Thus, we believe the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Turkey in May 2016 will provide a major opportunity to act for our shared responsibility.

Mr. President,

Last month, the international community made a landmark pledge to transform the world for the better by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The genuine measure of our success towards this ambitious development agenda will be our concrete steps for its implementation.

The UN must remain relevant and capable of coping with the contemporary challenges. Inability to do so will further undermine the credibility of our Organization. One of the basic reasons for our failure to put an end to conflicts, some of which have been existent for decades, is the structural shortcomings of the Security Council. Therefore, it must be the responsibility of all Member States, without exception, to work for achieving a more accountable, transparent, representative, democratic and effective Security Council.

I thank you Mr. President.