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Minister Alfredo Moreno inaugurates Seminar at ECLAC

Monday, August 8, 2011

Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno attended the inauguration of the seminar “The United Nations in Global Governance.” The event was organized by the Foreign Ministry in conjunction with the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), at whose headquarters the event is taking place.

Besides Minister Moreno, ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena and the President of the 65th period of sessions of United Nations General Assembly, Joseph Deiss (Switzerland), also spoke at the opening session.

During his speech, Minister Moreno said: “We live in a globalized and independent world, with challenges that cannot be met individually by each of our countries, whether it be for development problems, citizen security or the fight against hunger and poverty in the world.”

With regard to global economic governance, according to Minister Moreno “it is important to take into account the various global and regional actors, identifying deficiencies, what gaps we have in governance and reflect on the possible reforms that can be implemented to achieve an international economic system favoring sustainable development at a global level.” He then added that “it also seems important to study complementarities between key players in managing global economy, whether global or regional actors, regional or sectoral or groups. In this sense, I believe the relationship between the G20 and the United Nations is a case worth examining.”

In concluding his presentation, Minister Moreno reiterated “Chile’s commitment with multilateralism, with United Nations and regional cooperation on an issue as important and highly topical as global governance in its multiple dimensions.”

Panelists at the seminar included Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, Permanent Representative of Guatemala to United Nations; Jomo Kwame Sundarame, Assistant Secretary-General on Economic Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); José Antonio Ocampo, Director of Economic and Political Development Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; and Elliot Harris, Special Representative of IMF to the United Nations.

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