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Remarks by HE Ambassador Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, at the reception celebrating the National Day of Romania, New York, 1 December 2017

Date: December 1st, 2017
Location: Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN

 

Remarks by HE Ambassador Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, at the reception celebrating the National Day of Romania,

New York, 1 December 2017

 

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

 

It is my great privilege and honor to welcome you to the celebration of the National Day of Romania. 99 years ago, on 1st December 1918, the Great National Assembly of Romanians in Transylvania, which represented the great majority of population in this province, decided the union with the motherland. Thus, the modern Romanian State reached its natural borders, bringing together all historical provinces inhabited by Romanians.

Our grand-grandparents simply transposed into practice a democratic principle proclaimed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, on 11 February 1918: "National aspirations must be respected; people may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent. Self-determination is not a mere phrase; it is an imperative principle of action.”  

The Great Union of 1st December 1918 represents the accomplishment of many generations, dream for freedom, unity and national dignity. It consecrated Romania’s attachment to the principles of respect for national minorities and peaceful relations with other countries.

Loyal to these principles, in 1919 my country became a founding member of the League of Nations, and in 1946, at the Peace Conference in Paris, formally applied for the UN membership, stating that: "Romania understands to express, without delay, its full adhesion to the principles of the UN Charter, principles which my country has already put into practice".

Similar requests followed in 1947, 1948 and 1954, but due to the Cold War an agreement within the Security Council was reached only on 14th December 1955, when Romania and 15 other states were admitted to the UN.

Today, Romania has diplomatic relations with 187 other states and a large diplomatic network on five continents, with the UN as the centerpiece of our multilateral cooperation. Romania invested in preventive diplomacy, peace building and mediation and, with an ODA budget of 200 million Euros, it devotes resources to capacity building for public institutions, election assistance, post-conflict reconstruction, public order, anticorruption, youth and education in developing countries.

We see the UN as the place to shape solutions to challenges our planet faces today, such as climate change, terrorism, pandemics, economic crises, food security, humanitarian assistance, or huge waves of migration – to mention just a few.

Since 1991, more than 12,500 Romanian troops took part in 20 UN peacekeeping missions. Romania ranks first among EU countries in terms of contribution with police officers under the UN flag, and is the only UN member state which provides close protection units to UN high level officials in high risk areas.

Based on such a solid track record, in 2006 Romania presented its candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the Security Council, for the period 2020-2021. Our campaign’s motto reflects our credo at the UN - “A long-term commitment to Peace, Justice and Development”. When the elections for Security Council will take place in June 2019, Romania will count a 100 years of tradition in multilateral diplomacy.

2018 will be for us a year of celebration: we will celebrate 100 years since the creation of Great Romania. It will be also a year of dedicated work to prepare the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union which Romania will hold in the first semester of 2019. It took us 12 years to join the EU, and after other 12 years we will chair this unique organization.

But 2018 will equally be a year of preparation for our candidature to the Security Council, and we hope to convince the other UN member states that Romania’s proven expertise in multilateral diplomacy, and its strong commitment to the UN, are worth to be trusted again with a mandate in the Security Council.

Finally, allow me to take this opportunity to wish you all the best and a Happy New Year 2018! Thank you! 

 

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