In a United Nations ceremony marking the centenary of the birth of the South African leader Nelson Mandela on Monday, President Lenin Moreno urged world leaders to talk more to each other. “We should all pledge to redouble their efforts to build a just, peaceful and prosperous world and this can be accomplished only through dialog between nations,” he said.
According to Moreno, the key to conflict resolution also requires a sense of humility on the part of presidents and prime ministers. “Putting personal and national interests aside to listen to those of others is a key element in the process of avoiding violence and force to resolve conflicts,” he said. “To do this, we have only to follow the example of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest men in recent history.”
He added that world peace remains a “tenuous proposition” that requires the constant attention of leaders. “To be effective, we must not only be honest but be humble as well. We will accomplish a reign of freedom and better lives for our children only by true devotion to the principles of peace and looking at the life of Mr. Mandela.”
Making his 11th overseas trip as Ecuador’s president, Moreno was on familiar turf at UN headquarters in New York. An employee of the UN for three years, he served as Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility by for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2013 to 2016. Although he was based at UN offices in Geneva, he traveled frequently to New York.