Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa highlighted the Ecuadorian government’s commitment to multilateralism at the 18th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Mid-Term Ministerial Meeting.
“We have a clear role in the defense of multilateralism as the most appropriate mechanism to guarantee international peace and security, as well as the promotion of a proper path in international politics,” Espinosa said in Azerbaijan, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry. Quito
For the minister, “this is the only way to achieve a more just, democratic and equitable international order”.
“A multipolar global order is necessary, with a solid multilateralism, capable of eradicating unilateral actions that violate the principles of the Charter of the United Nations Organization and affect, above all, the peoples of the States on whom they apply them. “, she said.
In addition to the proposal of a “strong multilateralism” to “guarantee international peace and security,” Espinosa gave a message of defense of the Palestinian people.
“The Movement of Non-Aligned Countries must firmly reject that more than 50 years after the proposal, the Palestinian people will be deprived of the full exercise of their rights,” said the head of Ecuadorian diplomacy.
The foreign minister reiterated that “Ecuador reaffirms the consistency of its position and will defend the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people in international forums, and we do not support initiatives to eliminate agenda items on Palestine,” she stressed.
On the other hand, at the meeting, the foreign minister stressed the need to fight against xenophobia and in favor of the global pacts on refugees and safe migration, the ministry said in the letter.
On the other hand, the minister said that the fight against climate change is “a priority for Ecuador”, with support for the “principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities” and the promotion of “a green diplomacy for the defense of rights of the nature”.
In this regard, she explained that Ecuador, “as a mega-diverse country,” has launched the “Amazon Initiative” for the sustainability of the Amazon, with reduction of forest loss, protection of water resources and the rights of indigenous peoples.
The MNOAL meeting also allowed Ecuador to explain its proposal, jointly with South Africa, for the construction of an international standard of mandatory compliance for transnational companies to respect human rights, guarantee the legal protection of victims and impose sanctions for non-compliance, the Ministry said. (I)