United Nations. The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, brought to the Security Council the thematic agenda that he has raised in Mexico: corruption.
In a speech that he read for 19 minutes and 49 seconds, the Mexican president evoked the figure of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to underline that “the right to a life free from fear and misery continues to be the most solid foundation of security for all societies and states ”.
Yesterday was the second trip abroad during his almost three years in office. The first of them did it on July 8 and 9 of last year to Washington, to hold a meeting with President Donald Trump.
For a few days, the president announced that the main axis of his speech in the Security Council would be corruption.
“It would be hypocritical to ignore that the main problem on the planet is corruption in all its dimensions: political, moral, economic, legal, fiscal and financial; it would be foolish to omit that corruption is the main cause of inequality, poverty, frustration, violence, migration and serious social conflicts ”.
To alleviate the poverty of 750 million people whose income is less than two dollars a day, President López Obrador announced that in the coming days Mexico will present a “World Plan of Fraternity and Well-being” to the United Nations General Assembly.
The president proposed that the financing of the plan have three ways: “the collection of an annual voluntary contribution of 4% of their fortunes to the 1,000 richest people on the planet. A similar contribution by the 1,000 most important private corporations for their value in the world market and a cooperation of 0.2% of the GDP of each one of the member countries of the Group of 20 ”.
Regarding the viability of his proposal, President López Obrador said: “I do not believe, I mean it sincerely, that any of the permanent members of this Security Council oppose our proposal.”
Response from Russia and HRW
On the viability of the proposal, the permanent representative of Russia in the United Nations, Vladimir Nebenzia commented: “Neither the Peacebuilding Commission nor the Security Council have the tools to facilitate the formation of sustainable and independent economic models.”
Another issue addressed by the president during his speech was migration. He recalled his request to President Joe Biden to allocate funds for the development of Central America. “I exposed him (…) a new way of facing the migratory phenomenon: without ignoring the need to order the flow, to avoid uncontrolled violence and guarantee human rights,” said the Mexican president.
Human Rights Watch Americas director José Miguel Vivanco wrote on Twitter: “It is very good that AMLO asks Joe Biden to” not mistreat “Mexicans in the US But he should follow his own advice. In Mexico, the INM and the GN beat and extort migrants with impunity. Last week, the GN killed two migrants for not stopping at a checkpoint ”.