President Hage Geingob has called on world leaders to recommit to and strengthen multilateralism to better address global crises, including the Covid-19 pandemic that has disproportionately impacted developing and emerging economies.
Geingob’s message was contained in a pre-recorded video statement delivered yesterday evening during the virtual high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) that also marked the opening session of this year’s UN General Assembly (UNGA 2020).
“As we face the Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating effects, we should reaffirm our collective commitment to cooperate in a world governed by international laws and a multilateral system in which no one should feel left out,” Geingob said.
He said the Covid-19 pandemic has altered the trajectories of the world socio-economic livelihoods, and the nations’ interactions with one another.
“While not perfect, multilateralism and rules-based order are essential tools in strengthening governance, protecting civil liberties and the fundamental rights of the people we serve in our respective countries,” said the head of state.
He said an effective, rules-based multilateral system is the world insurance policy against existential threats such as war, nuclear proliferation, pandemics and climate change.
“It is therefore of utmost importance that we continue to defend multilateralism at all cost. The Covid-19 pandemic has plunged the world into an acute health and economic crisis, the severity of which has not been seen in a century,” Geingob said.
Courtesy of New Era Newspaper
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