The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, spoke for the first time in front of the United Nations General Assembly. From the lectern, the Chilean president called for joint work to address the economic, humanitarian and climate crises around the world. In this frame, He wanted to share the recent political process that the trans-Andean country is experiencing as an example of how to get out of convulsive processes.
“Chile needs the world and the world also needs Chile,” he said. Gabriel Boric, who was not only referring to the natural and mineral resources of his country, but also to the democratic experience that was recently lived in Chilean territory. In this sense, the head of state of the neighboring country drew a timeline from the mobilizations of the so-called “social outbreak”, in 2019, until the plebiscite of September 4.
Gabriel Boric He recognized that he had called for the approval of the new Constitution, but he did not take the victory of the Rejection as a defeat. “A government can never feel defeated when the people speak out,” he said. “One of the challenges is to build democracies that really speak to and listen to the people, and that accept the results when they are not the expected ones. Those of us who attend this Assembly have a duty to improve our democracies,” he added.
“Dear leaders, the path to face the problems that afflict our societies is paved with more democracy and not lessencouraging participation and not restricting it, fostering dialogue and never censoring it and, above all, respecting those who think differently,” he insisted.
This is how it is governed in the 21st century.
Gabriel Boricwho at 36 is one of the youngest heads of state in the world (tied with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin), echoed the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, on the need to jointly address the climate crisis. In turn, he emphasized that Chile (and America in general, particularly the Caribbean) is vulnerable to this problem, despite the fact that it is responsible for a small part of the emissions of greenhouse gases, unlike the great emitting powers.
As is evident, no country, whether large or small, humble or powerful, can pretend to save itself.
On the other hand, he made several calls, such as carrying out actions “and not just declarations” to end the war in Ukraine, to end the abuses of the powerful in all parts of the world, to mobilize all the necessary resources to protect to women —in this case he mentioned Mahsa Amini, the young Iranian woman who died in police custody on Friday—, to the release of political prisoners in Nicaragua, not to normalize the violations of Palestinian human rights and to the definitive solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among others.