Peru President: Fight against corruption & impunity must become a world crusade

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19:14 | New York (U.S.), Sep. 24.

The growing social and economic inequality, as well as high corruption levels, constitute a latent risk for democracy and good governance, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra affirmed on Tuesday evening during his presentation at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

According to the Head of State, both problems "are a source of discontent and tiredness of citizens (...). Thus, we hope the frontal fight against corruption and impunity will become a world crusade."

"Corruption has become a cancer which prevents us from making the most of all the potential we have. Therefore, we initiated a judicial and political reform seeking to recover the effectiveness, prestige, and legitimacy of our (Peruvian State-run) institutions," he expressed.

The leader went on to add the South American country is currently experiencing a process of change that will enable its citizens to open a new stage of growth and development.

"I must emphasize these changes are being made, as appropriate, within democracy. Nothing apart from it," he assured the UN General Assembly.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Furthermore, the President said Peru intends to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, as an appropriate universal framework for the promotion of peace, development and human rights.

"I reaffirm our commitment to the fifth goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which convenes nations to join forces with the purpose of ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls," he pointed out.


Regarding the economy, the statesman underlined that "the growth of the Peruvian economy over the last 20 years has enabled us to significantly reduce poverty."

Climate change

Concerning the environment, the President affirmed Peru is a country especially vulnerable to climate change and to the risk of natural disasters.

"That is why we have assumed an ambitious commitment in compliance with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

In this sense, the top official noted that Peru witnesses the serious climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems. Therefore, the Leticia Pact reaffirms the commitment to the conservation of Amazonian rainforests and their sustainable development.

He also paid tribute to those who have given their lives for the cause of peace. As an example, he mentioned Peruvian non-commissioned officer Edwin Augusto Chira Reyes, who died serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


Published: 9/24/2019
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