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Ομιλία Χρήστου Παπουτσή, Υπουργού Προστασίας του Πολίτη στην τελετή έναρξης του 5ου Συνεδρίου “Μοdel United Nations”, των Εκπαιδευτηρίων Κωστέα – Γείτονα
 
 
Ομιλία Χρήστου Παπουτσή, Υπουργού Προστασίας του Πολίτη στην τελετή έναρξης του 5ου Συνεδρίου “Μοdel United Nations”, των Εκπαιδευτηρίων Κωστέα – Γείτονα


 
Παρσκευή, 10 Δεκεμβρίου 2010



First of all I would like to thank the Costeas-Geitonas school for inviting me here today.
It is a real privilege for me to have the opportunity to address so many young people, so many bright young students.

In the next couple of days you will have the opportunity to participate in an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate you, to encourage you to communicate effectively, to initiate you to globalization and multilateral diplomacy.
This initiative, the model of the UN, gives you the opportunity to debate among each other on prominent, real-world issues.

But it is also a chance to better understand the sensitivities of each other, the particularities and the diversities of people of different nations.
A chance to realise that there is more than one aspect to the problems people are facing and that discussion, cooperation and consensus is the best way to deal with them.

And, I can assure you of that, after 16 years of personal experience in the European Institutions, the European Parliament and the European Commission, where all these parameters were put into practice in our everyday work…

The international community, more and more, recognizes the importance of the United Nations and their mission to promote peace, development and human rights.
Though the U.N. is not a government, it can provide the means to help resolve international conflicts and formulate policies on matters affecting all of us.

We are facing global challenges as it is the climate change, as it is the economic and financial crisis, as it is migration flows etc.
All of these challenges are in a way interconnected and have a direct impact on our societies.
A great example of the need of international consensus and coordinated action is climate change.

Climate change not only affects the natural environment we depend on, but also has important impact on our economies and on our societies.
In the European Union the will to move towards a low carbon economy was already clear in the nineties.

At that time, during my mandate as European Commissioner responsible for Energy, we took action in favor of the use of rewable energy and sustainable development.
In 1996, in the White Paper on Energy Policy we expressed our clear and firm commitment to promoting the development of renewable energy sources both in Europe and world wide.

More recently, in December 2008, the European Union adopted an integrated energy and climate change policy, including ambitious targets for 2020, in order to step forward a sustainable future with a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy.
Constructing a low-carbon economy in Europe, and globally, is an enormous challenge, for all the people, for all the countries.
But at the same time it provides a unique opportunity to jointly address the financial, the energy and the climate crises.
It brings opportunities for the development of research and the creation of new business.

Investment in climate friendly infrastructure, alternative energy, new clean technologies, means of transport, sustainable tourism, agriculture with respect of the environment, will contribute to the development of new sources of economic growth, and to the creation of new jobs.

Green growth is currently at the top of many government agendas. Many governments of the world have seized the opportunity to accelerate investment in a low-carbon future.

In this context, our Prime Minister, G.Papandreou, recently inaugurated, here in Athens, the Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative.
Delegations from 18 countries signed a joint declaration aiming at accelerating coordinated action and attract investments in order to promote green development.

Dear students,
these days, you will have a great opportunity to broaden your scope and challenge your mind on important issues.
Climate change is not just an environmental threat, it is closely related to poverty.
Poverty is not just about jobs.
It is directly related to food security.
Food security has an impact on health.
Health affects generations of children.
Children hold the key to our future.

And education can lead to progress on all these fronts.
The act of teaching and learning itself, builds bridges among people.

By sharing ideas, across borders, we can find solutions to the interconnected problems that cause so much suffering in our world.

You are here because you are concerned about the world at large. You are encouraged by your school and teachers to think beyond the borders of your own country. And this is very important.
I want to wish you every success with the works of your Model United Nations Congress.
And I want to encourage you to continue on this path and to go after your dreams and aspirations.
And I am sure that among you, we will see the leaders of tomorrow.

Thank you.

 

 

 
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