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Mr Héctor VASCONCELOS

Speeches since 2019

21/06/2023 | 20:42:26 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Migration, a word that is almost synonymous with history, is a fact of the relationship between countries and cultures, since homo salpiens started to migrate from East Africa around 70 thousand years ago. In recent decades there has been alarm about south-to-north migration around the world. But such alarm, sometimes hysteria, seems to ignore recognition of the historical fact of the migrant. Never, in any region of the world, has human... 28/04/2023 | 11:51:05 Mister President, In this session I will only outline one negative effect of digital media on young people. Paradoxically, the greatest technological progress humanity has ever witnessed has brought with it an unprecedented way of relating to the media, particularly for the new generations. What we are seeing is the abandonment of consumption of traditional print media – such as books, magazines, and newspapers – giving way to an increasingly overwhelmingly consumption of digital media on... 24/01/2023 | 17:55:17 Madam President,  Dear colleagues,  The theme we are debating this afternoon is the preservation of our values in the face of Russia's aggression against Ukraine in the context of the Reykjavik Summit. This is a question of defending the values of Western civilisation following on from the enlightenment. In other words, a belief in democracy, equality before the law, as well as individual freedom, both economic and political. But let us not forget that these values only became universal in... 13/10/2022 | 13:12:42 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Mister President, Dear colleagues, In the context of the enormous tragedy of the war in Ukraine, I would like to bring to your attention Mexico´s proposal, stated last September, which, in my view, has been relegated by the international community. The initiative by Mexico´s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, proposes the establishment of a truce, between the parts and in the battlefield, that would allow for the creation of a special... 28/04/2022 | 17:15:08 In Mexico, we are extremely aware of the risks and dangers threatening democracies throughout the world. We are aware of the flaws in some democratic systems that have affected certain segments of the population, and disappointment in these systems. We see the increase in anti-democratic and authoritarian regimes in various countries in Europe. In addition, the crisis in Ukraine is a colossal challenge for the survival of the very concept of democracy. This invasion of Ukraine with its many... 15/03/2022 | 16:50:05 Thank you very much. It's a great satisfaction to be able to take part in this debate although I'm doing so remotely. It seems to me that the most serious aspect of this crisis in Ukraine is something that we don't like to mention. It's a little like the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. This is the risk of the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict. It seems to me that this is absolutely intolerable for any civilised nation, as it would involve the destruction of... 28/09/2021 | 12:38:07 First of all, I would like to tell you how happy I am to be with you again despite this terrible epidemic. [spoken in French] Mexico is continuing our endeavour to sign up to the Istanbul Convention to tackle violence against women. We are currently in the final stages of analysing the implications that accession to the convention would have on all of the different tiers of the Mexican government which would be impacted. Because the Istanbul convention is of paramount importance when it comes... 20/04/2021 | 18:02:19 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, Ladies and Gentlemen: Aside from climate change, I don't believe there is a bigger problem for contemporary humanity than wealth concentration around the world. It is known that the richest 1% of the world's population hold 43% of the world's wealth. To mention some facts: the 2,153 people or families who own more than a billion dollars in the world have more wealth than 60% of the world's population. The... 27/06/2019 | 11:40:41 Thank you, Madam President.  Today, I come to denounce before all of you, an international crisis which is unrolling in the global media. We find ourselves in a critical situation. Tens of thousands of migrants including many minors are affected by this crisis. The majority of them come from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and who are trying to reach the United States of America, transiting through Mexico. This is a human rights crisis and a crisis of fundamental rights. These migrants are... 25/06/2019 | 18:38:44 Just in order to compare data, I would like to summarise the development of the participation of women in the political life of Mexico. The right to vote was given to women in 1953, that is to say very late, if we compare the date in Mexico to the introduction of women's suffrage in the UK, which took place in 1918. That's simply an example. From 1953 to date, the presence of Mexican women in politics has developed very significantly. There have been nine women governors in as many states of...