As the coronavirus epidemic demonstrates the fragility of international cooperation – the United Nations is celebrating its th 75th anniversary with the mantra “multilateralism is not an option but a necessity”.
The anniversary kicked off on Monday at the global body’s annual UN General Assembly (UNGA), when leaders and delegates from around 200 countries usually gather to raise their voices on world problems and provide a myriad of solutions.
Instead, Covid-19 still limits global mobility, with only one delegate from each of the 193 UN members allowed, and only one in the United States.
Everyone must attend, including at least 160 heads of state, via video conference.
Here are the latest updates:
17:00 GMT – France’s Moron Cron arrives at UN Stated the bases of the ‘collapsed’
French President Emmanuel Macron has cited climate change and stressed the need for countries fighting the coronavirus epidemic to work together again.
MacCrone lamented the state of the United Nations, saying: “Our shared building is in disarray. Our foundation is crumbling.”
“Coalition wars, the use of chemical weapons, mass detention are all exempt from this punishment, “he added. Our international system is held hostage by hostility. It is weakening due to its inability to take legal action against those responsible for this abuse. “
Al Jazeera’s James Bess said Maron Crowe has made the centrality of his foreign policy multilateral, and is “striving to bring the world back together.”
16:15 GMT – The Qatari ruler reaffirmed the country’s commitment to multilateralism
In the recorded video message, Emir of Qatar Seth Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani reiterated his country’s commitment to work and support the UN to “achieve its desired goals”.
“We reaffirm Qatar’s steadfast position in upholding and embodying the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter,” said Seth Tamim.
“We have emphasized the need to implement the political declaration adopted today by encouraging multilateralism and preventive diplomacy, respecting the sovereignty of states and dealing with them on an equal footing, addressing the use of force in international relations … [and] Finding solutions to protracted crises and disputes based on international law. “
16:00 GMT – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for reforms in the Security Council
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to be “exactly representative”.
“In order to empower the UN system, we must first reform the Security Council,” Erdogan said.
He added, “We cannot overcome today’s challenges through structures designed for the needs of the last century.”
15:00 GMT – Trump will address the UNGA on Tuesday
US President Donald Trump did not address the UN’s 75th anniversary program on Monday with a pre-recorded video speech as expected.
Trump was listed as the first speaker among member countries on the UN agenda for the event. Instead, the U.N. Acting Deputy Representative in, Cherith Norman Chalet, spoke in the General Assembly Hall.
“For the Trump administration, this anniversary is an important moment to mark many of the United Nations’ successes, but with a clear eye and a new determination to see this important institution fulfill its intended purpose.”
Al Jazeera’s diplomatic correspondent James Bess said Trump’s lack of an address “raised eyebrows”.
“People are asking if this deliberate focus was an indication of how important the UN is to its important list,” he said, speaking outside UN headquarters in New York.
14:00 GMT – UN chief calls for international cooperation
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for more international cooperation in tackling global challenges at an event marking the organization’s 75th anniversary.
“Today we have a surplus of multilateral challenges and a lack of multilateral solutions,” Guterres said.
“Climate disaster is looting; biodiversity is declining; poverty is rising again; hatred is spreading; geopolitical tensions are rising … and the Kovid-1p epidemic has created the world’s vulnerabilities. We just addressed them together. We can. “
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