Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Rafael Ramírez: Capitalism is an unbearable system that leads to global imbalances


Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations participated last Monday in the General Debate of the UN General Assembly Second Committee, where he stated that capitalism continues to cause imbalances worldwide.
In this regard, Ramírez explained that over a million people currently live on less than a dollar a day, which prevents them from meeting their basic needs, thus violating their human rights.
“In this sense, the statistics are rather alarming, six million children under the age of five died in 2015 as a result of preventable and curable diseases; 795 million people worldwide could not fulfill their human right to proper nutrition; and in 2015, there were 65 million displaced persons throughout the word produced by inequalities, wars caused by geopolitical interests that attempt to exert control over the natural resources of developing countries” he added.
Moreover, he pointed out that the sovereign management of natural resources is a sine qua non condition to manage resources for the development of nations and for the effective assistance to the implementation of 2030 Agenda.
Ramírez explained the progress of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela regarding the 2030 Agenda, in spite of the adverse political, economic, and climatic conditions.
”Our country’s development model has at its core the human being and it is based on solidarity, justice, social inclusion, equity, the promotion and respect of human rights and the citizen participation. The Venezuelan State has reiterated its commitment to maintain the levels of social investment for the protection of the people and the progress in the achievement of the supreme social happiness, for which it has destined 71.4% of revenues to social investment” he stressed.
Ramírez also talked about other elements that impact the possibility for development of numerous nations throughout the world and the chances to achieve the commitments of the 2030 agenda, such as: the unleashed war and terrorism in the Middle East and Africa, the respect to sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the scourge of colonialism and occupation that have persisted to this day.