‘Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism key to peace, se­cu­rity’

Gulf Times - - QATAR -

Qatar, on be­half of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, has un­der­lined that mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism is nei­ther a threat to the sovereignty nor the na­tional in­ter­ests of mem­ber states, and is the only way to ad­dress the com­plex chal­lenges that no coun­try can over­come alone.

It calls upon all mem­ber states to reaf­firm their com­mit­ment to the prin­ci­ples and pro­vi­sions of the Char­ter of the United Na­tions to strengthen in­ter­na­tional law and main­tain in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion.

This came in a state­ment de­liv­ered yes­ter­day by HE the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the State of Qatar to the United Na­tions Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, in her ca­pac­ity as vice-pres­i­dent of the assem­bly on be­half of the pres­i­dent of the 73rd Ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, Maria Fer­nanda Espinosa Garces, at the official meet­ing of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on “Main­tain­ing In­ter­na­tional Peace and Se­cu­rity: Strength­en­ing Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and the Role of the United Na­tions”.

As a vice-pres­i­dent of the Gen­eral Assem­bly, Sheikha Alya said that “we have no choice but to col­lec­tively sup­port the mul­ti­lat­eral ap­proach in a world where hu­man rights, de­vel­op­ment, peace and se­cu­rity are in­creas­ingly in­ter-re­lated”.

She re­ferred to the con­flicts that are af­flict­ing Ye­men and Syria, as well as the ten­sions that con­tinue in other places, which deprive the peo­ples of those coun­tries of the fruits of sustainable de­vel­op­ment.

Sheikha Alya stressed that the pros­per­ity of coun­tries is linked to the pros­per­ity of all na­tions.

She also pointed out that last­ing results of con­flict res­o­lu­tion re­quire a mul­ti­lat­eral ap­proach, while at the same time pro­mot­ing mul­ti­lat­eral mech­a­nisms that had al­lowed con­tin­u­ous di­a­logue, mu­tual sup­port, and joint ac­tion.

Sheikha Alya ex­pressed her firm con­vic­tion that in­ter­na­tional di­a­logue and co-op­er­a­tion are the only tried and tested ap­proaches to global chal­lenges.

“The com­mit­ment to in­volve women and young peo­ple as a key goal of a plu­ral­is­tic ap­proach is fun­da­men­tal to the suc­cess of the peace and se­cu­rity agenda and the achieve­ment of sustainable de­vel­op­ment goals,” she said.

In this con­text, Sheikha Alya stressed the im­por­tance of in­creas­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, de­cent work, po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion, so­cial pro­tec­tion and peace pro­cesses, and called for con­tin­ued strength­en­ing of con­certed and co-or­di­nated ef­forts among the prin­ci­pal or­gans of the United Na­tions and for the pro­mo­tion and ob­ser­vance of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, not­ing that the Gen­eral Assem­bly, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and the United Na­tions or­gans and other en­ti­ties play com­ple­men­tary roles in the pro­mo­tion of in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

“It is clear that peace is not only about the ab­sence of war but that it needs to be nur­tured be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter con­flicts to be sustainable,” she said, adding that “de­vel­op­ment, peace, se­cu­rity and hu­man rights are all in­ter­de­pen­dent and mu­tu­ally re­in­forc­ing con­cepts”.

The last time the pres­i­dent of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly took part in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil was in 2015, and the last time the vice-pres­i­dent of the Gen­eral Assem­bly made a state­ment be­fore the Coun­cil was in 2007.

HE Sheikha Alya: de­vel­op­ment, peace, se­cu­rity and hu­man rights are all in­ter­de­pen­dent and mu­tu­ally re­in­forc­ing con­cepts.

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