He then commended the Government of Bolivia and President Evo Morales for introducing International Mother Earth Day to the United Nations General Assembly in 2009.
Bolivia, he said, had also inspired the discussions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the principle of “vivir bien.”
“Vivir bien”, living well, eludes Bolivia, with a GDP per capita of $4,843, 118th in the world.
The Secretary-General noted that, in his recent speech to the UN General Assembly, President Morales had explained the concept as “living in solidarity with people and in harmony with Mother Earth,” a reminder “that well-being is not only about material advantages, but social and spiritual well-being” and that “well-being cannot be achieved without respecting and protecting our planet.”
That “social and spiritual well-being” better go a long way, but it’s no coincidence that Communism uses a lot of old Catholic memes.
Speaking of Communists, Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bolivia rallying the troops to Che Guevara’s old slogan, “Patria o muerte” (Motherland or death), to which the troops enthusiastically replied, “Venceremos” (we will win)!
A real trooper, while in Bolivia he wore ponchos and a bread wreath when visiting a government project with Evo Morales in Cochabamba,
What a guy.
The UNSG committed to eradicating world poverty by 2030, which is barely 5 years after Evo finishes implementing his “13 pillars of action.” Maybe Ban Ki-moon ought to consider moving UN headquarters to La Paz or Sucre in order to stimulate the local economy.
Elsewhere, Michael Ledeen looks at The New Axis of Evil,
We now face a more potent Axis of Evil that includes two of the original three (North Korea and Iran, with Iraq up for grabs), plus Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and other countries, and terrorist groups including al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Islamic State. With the exception of their hatred of the West, there is no single ideology that unites them. The new Axis includes Sunni and Shi’ite radical Muslims, Communists and other radical leftists, and nationalistic secular tyrants like Vladimir Putin. They have certainly succeeded in wrecking hopes for a peaceful world.
That’s what John Perdue wrote about a few years ago in The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism.