Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mothusi Palai, says Botswana believes that living a dignified life should not be a luxury accessible to some and denied to others. Addressing a World Humanitarian Summit on May 24, Palai said dignified life taken with democratic development, within an environment of good governance; contributed to desirable objectives as well as being means to achieve high levels of human progress. He explained that Botswana was concerned by protracted conflict situations and the eruption of new conflicts around the world that threatened any efforts the world made towards development. “Similarly, climate change and its devastating consequences cannot be ignored anymore,” he said. When calling for the two-day World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, asked that search for solutions to the growing challenges facing the humanitarian system be based on and informed by the experience of all relevant stakeholders.
And Palai said the synergy amongst the first-ever humanitarian summit’s round table sub themes on the need for Political Leadership to Prevent and End Conflict, and the urgent need to Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity is unmistakable. He told the summit that sustainable solutions are within reach as long as different countries share the same perspective. “The profitability of investing in humanity, prevention, inclusiveness, sustainable development and gender equality is not debatable, be it in economic or political terms,” he said. Palai observed that it has taken the international community long to fully realise and accept this paradigm. He further noted that Botswana in her most 50 years of self-rule, investing in humanity, has been the county’s guiding principles. “We periodically review our faith in these principles and use them to guide us in promoting the nexus between social development, job creation and inclusive growth to ensure a positive change in our people’s lives,” he said.
Palai explained that Botswana committed to specific action of the summit, which calls for pursuing of new sustainable ways of working together, bringing on board various actors in society, through collective efforts that could change people’s lives from delivering aid to ending need. He also said Botswana aligns with the summit core commitment that calls for the use of early warning findings to identify, address and defuse critical risks before they deteriorate into intractable conflicts by using preventive diplomacy tools at national, regional and international levels to ensure peace and development and to achieve an overall emissions reduction of 15 per cent by 2030 through the introduction of renewable energy such as solar and bio-fuels as well as the use of cleaner technologies for the agricultural sector.