The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary on Monday, celebrating the mantra that “multilateralism shouldn’t be an choice however a necessity” – even because the coronavirus pandemic underscores the fragility of worldwide cooperation.
The anniversary kicked off on the international physique’s annual UN Common Meeting, when usually leaders and representatives of almost 200 nations collect en masse to pontificate in regards to the world’s issues and supply myriad options.
As a substitute, with COVID-19 nonetheless limiting international motion, only one consultant from every of the 193 UN members might be allowed, and solely somebody already in the USA.
Everybody else should seem by videoconference, together with no less than 160 heads of state.
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14:00 GMT – UN chief requires for worldwide cooperation
UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres has referred to as for extra worldwide cooperation within the face of world challenges at an occasion marking the world physique’s 75th anniversary.
“Immediately we’ve got a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral options,” Guterres stated.
“Local weather calamity looms; biodiversity is collapsing; poverty is once more rising; hatred is spreading; geopolitical tensions are escalating … and the COVID-19 pandemic has laid naked the world’s fragilities. We will solely handle them collectively.”
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