Multilateralism Remains “Committed”  but “Struggling” to Address Global Issues

On United Nations Day, the deputy UN chief remarked that while multilateralism is “committed to solving global challenges,” it is “struggling to find the path to effective implementation”. 

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that cooperation among the world’s top scientists had developed vaccines in six months of the COVID-19 crisis, and that multilateralism had delivered a vehicle to ensure their distribution around the world, “the COVAX facility”. Despite this, the world continues to struggle to secure the resources and collaboration needed to assure vaccine fairness and to eke out a recovery that will put the world on a stronger footing. 

The historic Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were signed in 2015 with the goal of resolving the climate catastrophe and ending poverty by 2030. 

Yet, as the deputy UN head observed, there have been problems to transforming global pledges and the goodwill of a wide range of stakeholders into national measures and international finance that are commensurate with the task. Despite the fact that the world has the tools, knowledge, and forums to avert violence, it persists as the globe faces “the biggest humanitarian crisis since the start of World War II,” she noted. 

This refers to an international order that is not yet capable of carrying out its own best intentions. International collaboration and the UN have come a long way, but still have a lot to give. 

With 192 countries participating, the UN deputy chief called the Expo “an auspicious occasion” to commemorate 76 years of multilateralism inspired by the UN Charter. 

As the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow approaches, the UN called for the world to do “must better” to ensure that both women and young people are defining “the critical decisions we need to make as a global society. 

From problematic regions like Afghanistan and Ethiopia to the worlds of diplomacy, common ground, and solutions in New York and Geneva, and form teams on the ground in the Small Island States to UN Country Teams around the world, UN staff is working hard to fulfill the Organization’s goals. 

Sustainability is not only a recurrent topic throughout all pavilions, but the Sustainable Development Goals are also interwoven into many of the Expo’s presentations and exhibits. 

Also, the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra performs a special “Hymn to the United Nations,” written by famed cellist, composer, and conductor Pablo Casals 50 years ago to commemorate the UN’s work in October 24, 1971.