Venezuela will take over the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council
Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, will lead, during this month, the activities that take place in this body of the United Nations, in charge of ensuring the maintenance of international peace and security, in accordance with the principles of justice and international law.
This will be the fifth opportunity for the country to occupy this position at the Security Council, and the first one in the framework of the Bolivarian Revolution.
Venezuela joined this body of the United Nations, thanks to the votes of 181 member States, for a two-year term, until 31 December 2016.
Venezuela, as a member of the Security Council, has followed the principles of solidarity, non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations, and the respect to the sovereignty of States. Moreover, it has condemned the use of violence as a means to oppress the peoples.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"