Venezuela: Maduro Seeks UN Support in National Dialogue

"I hope the UN can help create the conditions for a great peace dialogue in Venezuela," said President Nicolas Maduro.


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has requested the support of the United Nations in launching a peace dialogue with opposition sectors.

Speaking Saturday during a meeting at Miraflores Palace, the government headquarters in Caracas, Maduro said: “Peace, justice and solid institutions are the sustainable development goal number sixteen.”

“There the UN has to help us… in the dialogue for peace, mutual recognition, harmony, coexistence, the coexistence of different political visions.”

The meeting was held to discuss the advancement of social programs within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Plan, of which the South American nation is a part.

Along with members of the executive cabinet, the Venezuelan leader stressed that the 17 objectives contained in the UN program were included in the national budget for 2019, and in the 2019-2025 Homeland Plan.

“I would like to sit down with the opposition, stop the sterile, useless, unnecessary conflict, talk about economic issues; with the experience of the UN we can achieve it,” he said, also asking the international organization for its support to end the U.S.-backed trade blockade against Venezuela.

“As a country we have fully assumed the UN program known as the 2030 Plan. This plan seeks to bring prosperity without a doubt. If humanity fulfilled this agenda we would have a better, happier world,” added the Venezuelan president.

Reviewing collaboration with the UN over the last decade, the president emphasized progress in education, employment, housing and the pension system.

They are “common goals to address the great issues of the development of humanity… multilateralism, a world of balance as the liberator Simon Bolivar dreamed,” Maduro said.

Finally, the president said all UN agencies “have their doors open” to the country, and reiterated his invitation to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to visit Venezuela.

The resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Venezuela, Peter Grohmann, ratified “all the support” to the Venezuelan government and people to reach the 2030 goals, which covers development and was created with the support of the entire UN.

The UN representative called for a joint effort with the government and civil society to “address the needs of the population as it is going through a complicated situation and obviously we have to take it to sustainability in the future, to achieve this in Venezuela we must have the data from the different social areas so that progress can be monitored.”

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