Obama’s Final Address – President Barack Obama for the final time as the President of the United States, addressed the United Nations General Assembly.
In his very long speech, the U.S President touched on a lot of vital issues bothering on the world in general at this time.
Obama addressed such issues as terrorism, climate change, world peace, economy, democratic leadership, gender equality, human rights and inclusiveness of minorities in all societies of the world.
Obama noted that it is a great achievement that the world has recorded a double in the number of democracies around in the last 25 years.
He says that “religious fundamentalism; the politics of ethnicity, or tribe, or sect; aggressive nationalism; a crude populism” are all viable ingredients for unrest.
“Pervasive sense of judgement causes unrest.”
Before Obama’s final address at the UN, he had hosted the first summit ever held to address the alarming refugee issue in the world today. Obama says that “helping those in need makes us more secure”.
The President’s address coincides with the peace initiative of the Holy Father. Pope Francis has gathered all the world religious leaders so they can pray and make a headway for peace in the world, coming from the angle of religion and humanity at large.
While he preached against Isolationism, Obama’s final address stressed the need for nations to work towards the attainment of global peace and less wars.
“We cannot escape the prospect of nuclear war unless we all commit to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and pursuing a world without them.”
“Each of us as leaders, each nation can choose to reject those who appeal to our worst impulses and embrace those who appeal to our best. For we have shown that we can choose a better history.”
On that note it could be seen that the President was making reference to North Korea for testing a dangerous nuclear weapon weeks ago against international calls not to.
Delving to matters of socio-economic imbalance, Obama states that “economies are more successful when we close the gap between rich and poor.” In other words he pointed to the ills and excesses of capitalism.
“A world in which one percent of humanity controls as much wealth as the other 99 percent will never be stable.”
“I understand that the gaps between rich and poor are not new, but just as the child in a slum today can see the skyscraper nearby, technology now allows any person with a smartphone to see how the most privileged among us live and the contrast between their own lives and others.”
“Expectations rise, then, faster than governments can deliver, and a pervasive sense of injustice undermine people’s faith in the system.”
In terms of globalization, Obama shares his sentiments in the power of education and the internet in empowerment, eradicating terrorism and segregation of any kind.
According to the President, the Government system in the United States should not be imposed on any other country. Nevertheless, he says that transparency and cooperation are essential in rooting out corruption.
Barrack Obama concluded his speech in the words of Martin Luther King Jr; urging all who were gathered and nations represented at the UN General Assembly to understand their roles as co-workers with God.
“Human progress never rolls on the wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God.” – Luther.