In his speech to the General Assembly, Mr Schneider-Ammann stressed the importance of the United Nations: “Through its universality, the UN enjoys a unique legitimacy. Its position entails considerable responsibility as the initiatives, accords and processes multiply.” The president also underlined the important role played by a prosperous economy in bringing stability and security: “It is an excellent vehicle for improving the prospects of all one’s citizens. A prosperous economy makes it easier for young people, women and older people to find work.”
He went on to say that a dynamic economy that guarantees jobs and prospects is a vital factor in preventing lapses into terrorism and armed conflict. And the freedom expressed in democracy and protected by the rule of law offers the best guarantee that a society will achieve all its economic, academic and cultural potential.
Further events on the agenda
Further events on the agenda of President Schneider-Ammann include the traditional reception held by US President Barack Obama, and a high-level UN meeting on Wednesday on the topic of antimicrobial resistance – an issue that also affects the agriculture sector, and is therefore a responsibility for the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). In addition, Mr Schneider-Ammann will use his stay in New York to hold talks with various heads of state and government.
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