Economic and social justice must become one of the key items on the global agenda, said Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, at the first plenary session at the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting.
According to the Head of the Turkish state, the principle of justice should be extended to include not only the relations among social groups, but also relations among countries.
“We must ensure a just global system - the system that will include everybody. The system that does not take account of the aspirations towards personal welfare and safety can’t be just,” the Prime Minister emphasized.
In Prime Minister Erdoğan’s opinion, “it is very important that incomes are distributed fairly all over the world. These issues should be included into the global agenda. The developing economies have been influencing the global economic processes more and more. They should take more responsibility for fairer distribution of wealth in the world.”
The Head of the Turkish government reminded that the half of children in the world live below the poverty line, approximately 2.5 million children die annually due to the inaccessibility of vaccination.
“We should remember that the gap between the rich and the poor continue to grow. We should remember and act by joint efforts,” he said, “our concerns about these problems are not based on any interests. This is our moral reaction to what is happening.”
The 9th Yalta Annual Meeting entitled “Ukraine and the World: Addressing Tomorrow’s Challenges Together” takes place in Yalta at the Livadia Palace, Ukraine, from 13-16 September 2012. More than 200 leaders from politics, business and society representing more than 20 countries will discuss major global challenges and their impact on Europe, Ukraine and the world.
The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the plenary part of the 9th YES Annual Meeting on September 14. The two leaders discussed critical issues affecting the development of Ukraine and Turkey, as well as the future of a “Wider Europe” in the 21st century.
Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005) and Chairman of the Board of YES, moderated the discourse.
The overarching topic of the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting will be the key transformations that are already shaping the future of the world. Forum sessions will focus on the future of the world economy, on a new world order and its security, and on possible models for the development of capitalism. Special attention will be paid to the role of innovation and leadership in transforming the economy and society. Other topics for discussion include the future of the European Union, energy issues and the internal and external challenges facing Ukraine.
This year’s Yalta Annual Meeting will welcome, among others, Robert Zoellick, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Condoleezza Rice, Gordon Brown, Alexei Kudrin, Alec Ross, Eric Lander, Kairat Kelimbetov, Carl Bildt, Javier Solana.
At the plenary discussions of the 9th YES Annual Meeting, Ukraine will be represented by the Prime Minister Mykola Azarov; the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovsky; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Policy Serhiy Tihipko; Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko; Minister of Energy of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko; Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko; Secretary of the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine Andriy Klyuev.
Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-at-Large at Thomson Reuters will moderate discussions.
The 9th Yalta Annual Meeting is streamed live on korrespondent.net in Ukrainian and on euronews.com and yes-ukraine.org in English.
The official Twitter of the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting: @yes_ukraine
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