Klaus criticises UN, charges it needs to stay out of economics, science
The outspoken Czech President Václav Klaus raised more than a few eyebrows at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York when he suggested in his address on Saturday what was needed was not an increased role for the organisation in global governance. While he agreed some reforms were necessary - namely to the Security Council – he made clear that the UN needed to adhere more closely to its founding principles.
In his address, the Czech president stressed when it came to the economy and recovery from the economic crisis, the solution lay not in the creation of “new governmental and supranational agencies” but in allowing individual member states to find their “own solutions”. He suggested that greater intervention would hurt, not help. Václav Klaus again:
Turning from economic matters, the Czech president was equally outspoken on other issues, including global warning. A vocal sceptic of man’s role in global warming, the Czech president stressed that the United Nations needed to limit involvement in science - a sharp contrast, for example, to the position of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for whom stopping climate change is a major priority. As a result, there is little doubt Mr Klaus’s words will be hailed by a number within more conservative circles but will equally raise the hackles of those left of the political spectrum. That said, the president’s words at the UN were probably not overly surprising to most, as his positions on the economy and the environment are well-documented and largely consistent.