President of Finland Sauli Niinisto: “Respect for universal human rights is the key to a peaceful and just world.”

This is the concluding message from the Statement by the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, at the 74th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 24 September 2019.

“Respect for universal human rights is the key to a peaceful and just world. Finland strongly believes in multilateral cooperation on human rights, with the Human Rights Council as its cornerstone. Accordingly, we have announced Finland’s candidature to the Human Rights Council for the period from 2022 to 2024.

As the United Nations is entering its 75th anniversary, it could well be more important than ever. Our common global problems cry for common global solutions. Together, we are also better able to seize new global opportunities. There is no organization better placed to lead that work than the United Nations. To unleash its full potential, it is our responsibility to reduce the trust deficit.”

The Boston Global Forum honored President of Finland Sauli Niinistö with the World Leader for Peace and Security Award on Global Cybersecurity Day, December 12, 2018 at Loeb House, Harvard University.

The statement can be found here.