Puhe Suomen YK-jäsenyyden 60-vuotisjuhlassa
Suomi juhli 60-vuotista jäsenyyttään YK:Ssa 9.12.2015 Finlandia-talossa. Seminaarin kunniavieraana oli YK:n pääsihteeri Ban Ki-moon. Läsnä olivat myös tasavallan presidentti Sauli Niinistö, pääministeri Juha Sipilä ja ulkoministeri Timo Soini. Oma puheeni oli seuraavanlaineen:
Your Excellency Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen
On your previous visit to Finland in 2009, Mr. Secretary General, you addressed the Finnish members of the Parliament in the plenary hall as the first foreign Speaker ever. This historic event honored the bond between the United Nations and the national Parliaments, the voices of the peoples for peace. And it made our parliamentarians very happy.
Seventy years ago, the peoples of the United Nations combined their strength to prevent the world from falling again to the horrors of war. Ten years later, the Finnish people joined the family.
For Finland, the United Nations has remained a key reference since then. Thanks to the Organization,
thousands of Finns have gained international experience as they have worked in development and humanitarian efforts. The Organization has been above all the protection of small countries, such as Finland, and the protector of international legality in favor of rules and norms.
Today, as one of the key documents of international law, the UN Charter remains more relevant than ever before. It provides hope for those seeking justice.
The Charter’s objective is ”to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained”. The Charter itself is a central source of international law and a foundation for the post war world order.
The United Nations has raised and addressed issues that no other forum could have. Under your leadership, the United Nations has played a central role in battling climate change and working for development, humanitarian aid and gender equality. The UN has taken steps forward and been at the forefront responding to the challenges of today while staying true to its Charter.
A tremendous amount of work has been done to prevent and mitigate conflicts. In Finland, we have sought to contribute to this work.
The change in the international security environment, especially the phenomenon of terrorism, needs new kind of common approach and cooperation. UN gathering all the nations is an important forum in resolving the huge challenge of this global threat. In the present situation we must remember the words of our former president and Nobel prize winner Martti Ahtisaari: All conflicts can be settled.
Mr. Secretary General,
The Parliament of Finland is a very special place when it comes to gender equality. In the general elections in 1907, 19 Finnish women were elected to the Parliament. They were the first female parliamentarians in the world. Today, the number of women in the Finnish Parliament is among the highest in the world.
Today, the UN plays a leading role in fighting for women’s rights. On this occasion, I would like to commend your personal work for promoting gender equality. But the work that all of us need to do for women and girls is far from over. No society can flourish in its full capacity if women are deprived of their full and equal rights. We need courage and patience in making the world a better place for all women and girls, in all countries. It won’t be easy, but it has to be done.
To finish, a small story. Kampala, Uganda, has been mentioned here before. I was there three years ago. I bought this necklace from a small group of women who did crafts. They were all HIV positive and this was the only kind of work they could do in their community. It is the politicians’ responsibility to do big things, but there are small little things that each of us can do to somehow help others.