Croatia will advocate eradicating global poverty, helping developing countries and reforming the United Nations so that the world organisation is more efficient in dealing with the challenges of the 21st century, Croatian President Stjepan Mesic told Croatian reporters in New York on Monday.
From 14 to 16 September President Mesic will attend a summit of the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations, at which 175 heads of state and government are expected to support new approaches to fighting poverty, strengthening human rights and global security and encouraging the reform of the UN.
Speaking about the eradication of poverty and about undeveloped countries, the main problems of the modern world, Mesic said it was important for developed countries to realise that their investment into developing countries was investment into their own development and that by investing into developing countries they were creating new markets.
He added that this would eventually lead to a more efficient fight against global terrorism.
Mesic went on to say that the reform of the UN was necessary considering the changed circumstances in which the organisation was operating in relation to when it was established 60 years ago.
Commenting on recent reports in the Croatian media about the United States exerting pressure on Croatia and other countries not to support Germany's candidacy for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council, Mesic said Croatia had not been exposed to any such pressure.
"We have not been exposed to any pressure. Croatia pursues its policy autonomously, and other countries naturally pursue their own policies," he said, adding that this issue was not on the agenda in Croatia.
Mesic went on to say that he would lobby in bilateral meetings at the New York summit for Croatia to become a non-permanent member of the Security Council in the 2008-2009 term.
The UN summit will discuss the implementation of the Millennium Goals set five years ago, including halving extreme poverty, reducing by two-thirds child mortality, fighting AIDS and strengthening women's rights by 2015.