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    India’#146;s Ambassador Speaks on Globalization

    The Provost Office lecture series on global issues continued yesterday, Apr.

    3, in Humanities with Ambassador Kamlesh Sharma, the Permanent Representative

    of India to the United Nations. This is Sharma’#146;s second visit to Stony

    Brook and he focused on the agenda of globalization.

    The United Nations (UN) have a series of conferences in different countries

    to establish global agenda where each country expresses concern for it’#146;s

    future. One of the UN’#146;s main goals is to ensure everlasting peace, said

    Sharma. He stated that since the Sept.11 attack there is a need for conflict

    prevention and security.

    ‘We needed to readjust the focus,’ said Sharma. The Department of

    Political Affairs (DPA) of the UN is there to provide advice and support on

    all political matters. They identify potential conflicts and try to mediate

    resolutions.

    Each country has their own agenda that they choose to focus on. In order for

    these agendas to be reached there is a need for domestic and international responsibility.

    India and the United States have similar ideals, Sharma said. Currently, India

    is rediscovering itself; their primary agenda is property and development. ‘Our

    main challenge in the south is to improve literacy,’ Sharma added .

    India has not reached their goal on literacy, as of yet. In order to reach

    any goal it should start with the youth, according to Sharma. He stated that

    the youth today are our future; youths need to be aware of their global situation

    and rights because it can help the future for peace and development.

    The UN receives approximately 1.2 billion dollars a year and they are currently

    going through a reform. Within the UN each global agenda has its own organization.

    It’#146;s another system in the world being catered by the UN, Sharma said.

    These organizations help promote human rights, environmental protection, and

    terrorism to name a few. Part of the UN reforms are to restore global ethics.

    ‘If you don’#146;t have a globalization of ethics then you don’#146;t have

    unity.’

    Sharma had several ideas for the new global order, beginning with the political

    system. Since politicians express their concerns for change and rely on the

    vote of the people, a quality of engagement is needed and it can be demonstrated

    in political elections. There is also a need for culture interaction. The business

    of the country is being handled by someone and people never pay attention to

    what’#146;s going on, but in order to move forward we need to know what their

    doing,Sharma said.

    Finally, Sharma expressed a modification in security. He stated that since

    one billion dollars a day goes to protection, there needs to be tighter security

    measures in order to decrease terrorism.

    Reactions to Sharma’#146;s issues were mixed. ‘I think it was realistic,

    ‘ said Jennifer Gofran. ‘He did well on how countries react with each

    other.’

    Another female student said that she felt he was blaming the capitalist West.

    ‘He was implying the west exploited the south. I think they need to take

    care of their domestic problems first before we can help them out.’

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