In Quito Ecuador, United Nations Secretary-Generalmet with President Correa and Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino on Valentine's Day, and while addressing a crowd stated that he adores Ecuador. A number of pressing issues were discussed that concerned all parties with the Secretary-General pledging Ecuador his support to stand with the government and the people of the country.
A special salute was given to President Correa, “who since taking office four years ago has brought stability to the country.” The Secretary-General expressed his hopes that Ecuador will continue to strengthen its institutions, advance development and forge solidarity. He further commended the President for a reduction in the inequality rate by more than 5% and noted that approximately one quarter of Ecuador's population is indigenous. Ki-moon further stated he felt the country's new Constitution is a positive development for the advancement of indigenous peoples' rights while encouraging further progress in its implementation.
The Secretary-General also referenced the importance of respect for diversity and dialogue as being essential for all countries and peoples as understanding is fostered through same. It was noted that diversity and dialogue remain a foundation for stability and the Secretary-General applauded Ecuador's engagement on human rights as well as its open invitation to UN human rights experts. Ki-moon lauded Ecuador as a model for other countries to follow.
“Ecuador was the first country in the world to ratify the Optional Protocol to the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and, more recently, Ecuador was one of the first countries to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.”
Ecuador's contribution to United Nations peacekeeping missions was appreciated during the meetings and a call was made for more Ecuadoreans to serve with the United Nations, especially women. Additionally, the Yasuni-ITT initiative was congratulated, which initiative is an innovative approach at combating global warming by preventing the release of carbon dioxide emissions.