Mr. Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of GNAT delivered a speech in the session dedicated to “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Efforts towards the Solution of Global Challenges” in the P20 Speakers” Summit.
He pointed out that mechanisms and institution which have been founded by long struggles may drift apart from their aims of establishment as the time passes.
Mr. Şentop continued to his speech “I would like to bring your attention once more the necessity to revising the raison d’être as well as purpose of existence of international community and institutions. Unfortunately, almost all international institution, particularly the United Nations is far from fulfilling the establishment of peace in the world envisaged in its founding objectives. As a matter of fact, President Tayyip Erdoğan expressed his objection saying that “the World is bigger than five”. This objection naturally paved the way arising a righteous reaction especially over the nations which the burden of the new World order were loaded.
The Speaker of GNAT said “ there is not such World any more where some countries only have rights and the others only have liabilities. We should realize this. All the states both have rights as well as liabilities.G20 countries have also liabilities”.
THE INCREASING PRODUCTION VOLUME REVEALED THE TERRIBLE INJUSTICE”
Mr. Şentop, Speaker of GNAT underscored the need to address the international politics and global affairs perspective with a dynamic and a realistic approach and pointed out that while economic and technological developments were being experienced on the one hand, there was a severe destruction. Today we are witnessing that economic developments and technological advances do not promise in every case. On the contrary, the rapidly increasing production volume and the World wealth has also exposed the terrible injustice among the people and the destruction of environment compared to the previous periods of the history since 20th century.
SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS CAN NOT BE CONSTITUTED BY UNSUSTAINABLE POLICIES
Mr. Şentop continued to his speech as follows; “ common will and collective consciousness should be established in order to achieve sustainable development goals. “Nature has never devastated as it has in the last two hundred years, and the imbalance between people has never been greater. While modern man was literally deifying himself, he instrumentalized the rest. Both nature and the people in underdeveloped countries began to be perceived as resources to maximize the profit being included in just production process. Therefore, I do believe that a sustainable system can not be constituted by unsustainable policies to be built on misconceptions.”
Emphasizing the necessity to develop a rhetoric that will reconstruct the relations between human and nature; human and human; human and community as well as states in a healthy way, Şentop said: “No approach will produce a permanent solution as long as we do not locate the human being to the center. If we do not try to understand sincerely with empathy what is really happening in the World, if we cannot look at other states, peoples , people of the World as equal children of Adam and Eve except the purpose of gaining benefits, we keep cheating and consoling ourselves with the rhetoric of sustainable development. We should keep in mind that globalization has made people and states and economies closely dependent on each other.”
At the end of his speech, Mr. Şentop gave the following messages;
“Making the World livable for everyone is passing through establishing a livable World for all human beings. If there is no peace in the other countries, if it is not possible to lead life on minimum humanitarian terms, none of us can be happy at our own house. As Turkey, I would like to share with you the motto which our ancient civilization has adopted “ let the people live so that the state can live”. I consider that this philosophy can be a remedy for peace and salvation of all humanity.”