The international community now has a historic chance to open markets around the world by concluding a successful Doha round of trade talks. A successful Doha outcome would mean real and substantial openings in agriculture, goods, and services – and real and substantial reductions in trade-distorting subsidies. The world's largest trading nations -- including major developing countries – have a special responsibility to make the tough political decisions to reduce trade barriers. America has the wí11 and flexibility to make those decisions about our own economy.
Our negotiators are demonstrating that spirit In Geneva. I urge other leaders to direct their negotiators to do the same. And I am optimistic that we can reach a good Doha agreement -- and seize this once-ín-ageneration opportunity.
In the meantime, America wí11 continue to pursue agreements that open trade and investment wherever we can. We recently signed free trade agreements with Peru, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. These agreements embody the values of open markets transparent and fair regulation, respect for private property, and resolving disputes under international law rules. These are good agreements ... they are now ready fora Congressional vote ... and I urge Congress to approve them as soon as possible.
As America works with the United Nations to alleviate immediate human needs, we are also coming together to address long-term challenges. Together, we are preparing for pandemics that could cause death and suffering on a global scale. Together, we are working to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. And together, we are confronting the challenges of energy security, environmental quality, and climate change. I appreciate the discussions on climate change led by the Secretary General last night. And I look forward to further discussions at the meeting of major economies in Washington later this week.
The goals I have outlined today cannot be achieved overnight – and they cannot be achieved without reform of this vital institution. The United States is committed to a strong and vibrant United Nations. Yet the American people are disappointed by the failures of the Human Rights Council. This body has been silent on repression by regimes from Havana and Caracas [kah-RAH-kus] to Pyongyang and Tehran – while focusing its criticism excessively on Israel. To be credible on human rights In the world, the United Nations must first reform its own Human Rights Council.
Some have also called for reform to the structure of the Security Council, including an expansion of its membership. The United States Is open to this prospect. We believe that Japan Is well-qualified for permanent membership on the Security Council, and that other emerging powers should be considered as well. The United States will listen to all good ideas, and we will support changes to the Security Council as part of broader UN reform. And in all we do, I call on member states to work for an institution that adheres to strict ethical standards — and lives up to the high principles of the Universal Declaration.
With the commitment and courage of this chamber, we can build a world where people are free to speak, assemble, and worship as they wish a world where children in every nation grow up healthy, get a decent education, and look to the future with hope ... a world where opportunity crosses every border. America will lead toward this vision where all are created equal, and free to pursue their dreams. This is the founding conviction of my country. It is the promise that established this body. And with our determination, it can be the future of our world. Thank you, and may God bless you all.
Drafted by: Chris Michel, 8í1l McGurn, and Marc Thiessen, Office of Speechwriting