The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is marked annually on April 24th. The UN Secretary General, António Gueterres, released an important message on this day to garner attention to the pressing need for multilateral solutions in today’s world. In his message, he highlighted the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and many other developing transnational crises. Further, he accentuated the importance of multilateralism by stating “there is a clear and urgent need for concrete multilateral solutions, based on common action across borders for the good of all humanity.”
Moreover, he brought attention to the involvement of various institutions and networks as he emphasized how it is imperative to have “stronger coordination between regional and international organizations, international financial institutions and public/private alliances.” The UN Secretary General stated how it is also of immense importance to achieve “inclusive multilateralism, that draws on civil society, business, local and regional authorities and others, and shares power more broadly and fairly.”
Multilateralism surrounds the concept of the interconnectedness of human beings leading to achieve collective humanity. The UN News report addressing the UN Secretary General’s message highlighted that it is the mission of the UN to settle conflicts using peaceful measures and maintain international peace by incorporating multilateralism and diplomacy into decision making processes.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis are exemplars of situations that profoundly requires global collaboration and multilateral decision-making to overcome the challenges presented by these crises. The overall aim of multilateralism and diplomacy is to achieve common good and peace for humanity. The UN Secretary General also brought attention to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in an equitable manner in his message. This recognized the transnational nature of this crisis and the importance of effectively utilizing multilateral decision-making in such situations.
Furthermore, the climate crises as highlighted by President Biden’s climate summit is another situation where multilateralism is of prime importance. On April 22nd, 2021, the UN Secretary General stated in his remarks at the climate summit that it is imperative to “make sure the next step is in the right direction” and that it is now time to “mobilize political leadership to move ahead together.” This directly reflects on the urgent need for multilateral solutions and how important it is to leverage the modern interconnectedness of the world to address a global threat.
The UN Secretary General concluded with an urgent call to “renew our commitment to global multilateral solutions that deliver for people and planet” in his message on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. It is important that political leaders engage in multilateral decision making and rely on global collaboration in times of crises. Such collaborative actions which promote humanity of all will ultimately help address and create viable solutions to global threats.
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