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January 2019
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Speeches

As I understand it, democracy and good governance are synonymous. Democracy is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is about effective delivery of services to the people, and it is also about accountability of the executive arm of the state to the people’s representatives—the Members of Parliament. It is about accepting the people as a sovereign source of power. Governance can be classified as bad and good. Good governance is about using state power and resources in a justifiable and accountable manner. Rule of law, accountability, transparency, and people’s participation in a meaningful sense are some of the requisites of good governance.

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The majority of poverty eradication work is done by faith organizations run by Christians of various denominations, Hindus, and Muslims. Many of them deliver food and medical supplies to the poor and also take their children to formal schools for education.

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Shrivatsa Goswami Acharya, Sri Radharamana Mandir, Vrindavan, India address to International Leadership Conference, Washington, DC, December 17, 2007

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The greatest challenge facing the United States and the West has and will be in the next twenty-five years how it treats its religious minorities. In our world today this suddenly has become very real. How this issue is addressed affects our foreign policy and our domestic policy. We in the West are still used to thinking in dominant, hierarchical ways. We look at the Millennium Development Goals and we think, “That’s for those who have problems in the developing world.” But that is to totally miss how we should be seeing it.

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According to the report by Jacques Delors, Chairman of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century, education is “learning to live together.” We learn to know, we learn to do, we learn to be, and we learn to live together.

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The agenda of the United Nations has expanded over the years. It covers almost all dimensions of human activity. Think of countries such as my own, Bangladesh. We became independent in 1971, and as that country has been building itself, from less than scratch, every aspect of our lives has been touched by the United Nations.

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Whether we like it or not, whether we are aware of it or not, the world is marching toward one world in terms of information, technology, communications, and transportation. The world is becoming one global village. At a much slower pace, the world is becoming one human family. However, we are still very divided and dysfunctional, often at war over differences of opinion, ideology, religion, race, class, nationality, economy, and resources.

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We have gathered here because we, too, share this universal longing for peace, which all of us feel most acutely during this sacred season. Peace on Earth is our greatest need, but it is also our most elusive collective goal.

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I propose that a fishery be built on the seashore border between the Gaza Strip and Israel as a joint venture between investors and the Israeli and Palestinian authorities. Such project will serve the common interests of all sides and have economic and political benefits.

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The non-violent approach unequivocally won and changed forever the history of the United States and of the entire world. The precedent it created, similarly to the French Revolution 200 years earlier, turned into a symbol with present and future implications for political struggles in various locations.

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The renowned sixteenth-century Kabbalist Isaac Luria taught that God created the world by forming vessels of light to hold the Divine Light.

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Allah blessed humanity when He created us in the best form, giving us the mind to understand and behave in a manner beneficial to ourselves and to others.

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