Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) meets the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, 30 July 2014. UN Photo/Mark Garten
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- On his first official visit, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded Costa Rica as a “model country” in sustainable development and protecting human rights.
Speaking to reporters ahead of his address to Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Ban said that Costa Rica led by example on many international issues including environmental sustainability, and highlighted its clean air and preserved forests. The Central American nation is also a trailblazer in peace and security due to its disarmament policy, he said.
“You are one of the few countries which do not maintain an army. You are one of the few countries in the region where people can freely walk around without feeling any fear of danger or threats,” Ban added, emphasizing how essential political stability is for development.
“You have also shown strong leadership in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and you have shown your leadership in shaping the future development agenda, post-2015 development agenda for the sustainable future of our world -social, economic and environmental dimensions.”
He welcomed UN efforts on climate change led by a fellow Costa Rican citizen, Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Costa Rica must send a strong and ambitious message during the climate change summit meeting on 23 September.