Venezuela calls for the articulation of struggles for reparations of all social movements at the Ecosoc meeting

Representing the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela, the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, urged this Thursday to reflect on how to act decisively to eradicate racism -institution of the liberal industrial capitalist order-, which, in his opinion, insists in maintaining the necessary conditions for the proliferation of multiple forms of discrimination.

“We welcome the establishment of the Permanent Forum for African Descent People so all governments can confront the dire consequences of colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade”, said the diplomat on that point.

The statements were offered by the Venezuelan Foreign Minister during the Special Meeting of the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) of the United Nations, entitled Re-imagining Equality: elimination of racism, xenophobia and discrimination for all in the decade of action for the SDG.

Likewise, he expressed the will to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and end the isolationist rhetoric that has done so much damage to the multilateral system to the detriment of all human rights mechanisms, and that has only exacerbated racial and national divisions.

During the telematic event, the Minister for Foreign Relations stated that in the face of critical scenarios of uncertainty derived from the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine, “the United Nations is called more and more to exercise a leadership favoring a system of fairer distribution, preventing this from becoming in another expression of discrimination, exclusion and the geopolitical game of the powerful.”

He commented that the anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action should not be limited to being a reminder, but to taking concrete actions, thus urging the articulation of struggles for reparations of all social movements that fight against racism, discrimination, xenophobia and other related intolerance.

The Foreign Minister ratified the firm disposition and commitment of the Bolivarian people and Government of Venezuela to continue advancing with practical actions and public policies along the path of an inclusive society, without discrimination of any kind, in a democratic, equitable, supportive and inclusive international order.