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ForMin: Ukraine population’s problems should be reflected in sustainable development goals

September 24, 2014, 19:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Political and economic problems in Ukraine are linked to the authorities’ inability to hold a fruitful dialogue with the people, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

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MOSCOW, September 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Political and economic problems in Ukraine are linked to the authorities’ inability to hold a fruitful dialogue with the people, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Wednesday.

He was speaking at the U.N. General Assembly’s special session on the follow-up to the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in New York.

Gatilov regretted that a Ukrainian representative “took an opportunity to speak at the General Assembly for politicizing the discussion. He afforded humiliations towards Russia”.

“I’d like to note that political and economic problems in Ukraine are linked to the Kiev authorities’ inability to hold a fruitful dialogue with their people. The attempts to shuffle off the responsibility on other people can hardly contribute to their solution. This is especially regrettable at a time when the work is underway to search for ways to solve the existing pressing problems in Ukraine,” Gatilov said.

The Program of Action provides a legitimate foundation for multilateral cooperation in all aspects, he said.

“The document adopted in Cairo in 1994 is of high priority and in demand amid modern demographic processes. We consider the follow-up to the Program of Action an important contribution to addressing these problems in the global development agenda for the period after 2015,” Gatilov said.

“We’re confident that the population’s problems should be reflected in the sustainable development goals, which are currently being formed,” he said.

The priority task is to meet the population’s basic needs related to the access to healthcare, education, food, water, energy and jobs, Gatilov said.

The Regional Review Conferences revealed alarm tendencies “regarding arbitrary interpretations of the ICPD formulations by certain delegations”. “The attempts to revise the provisions of the Programme of Action in defiance of the U.N. General Assembly decisions arouse our concern. We express disappointment about the fact that the U.N. Population Fund Secretariat plays an active role in this field,” he said.

“The innovations and concepts, which do not correspond to the ICPD provisions, not receive universal support and run counter to public values of the group of countries, are unacceptable for us and should be beyond the framework of the follow-up and the development agenda for the period after 2015,” Gatilov said pointing to such concepts as “sexual rights”, “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”.

“We’re convinced that taking into account economic, cultural and religious particularities, traditions and customs of the countries and peoples will guarantee the effectiveness of collective efforts,” Gatilov said.

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