Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
Friday, March 9, 2012
Interview with Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
Equality, inclusion and accountability.
During this year of leadership change, there is a strong push to focus inwardly. I would hence encourage that all world leaders, including those from China, France, Russia, and USA, continue their support and engagement for multilateralism to tackle global challenges of inequality, climate change and uneven human development.
The BRICS countries are playing a vital role in promoting development in the global south – especially through investments in infrastructure and exchange of good practices for economic growth. For instance, the trilateral partnership between India, Brazil and South Africa has not only lead to exchange of ideas and cooperation between the three countries but also establishing viable and replicable projects in other developing countries.
Having said that, BRICS countries also have an important role in strengthening multilateralism and shaping a new global governance framework for sustainable human development. Their economic collaboration presents an opportunity to reflect strong governance principles and policies that ensures the rights, dignity and security for all citizens.
I think the current uprisings across the world are the result of breakdown of social contract between States and citizens – a social contract that guarantees justice, equality, dignity and basic security. For example, the popular protests in the Arab States have clearly demonstrated that economic growth alone without social justice, equality and human dignity will not enable States to effectively upheld social contract. Economic growth should be intrinsically linked to promotion of principles of democratic governance.
The next session of the IACC should come up with principles for stronger social contracts that would make States more inclusive, responsive and accountable.