Egypt Underscores Need to Maintain Global ‘Multilateral’ International System

Egypt urged effective international solidarity in confronting world challenges, starting with the coronavirus pandemic. Such solidarity will be part of a new international vision that paves the way for a new phase in the global system to achieve the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and preserve the legitimacy and credibility of the multilateral international system, said Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mohamed Idris.

He made his remarks during a virtual Security Council meeting on Sunday marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the second World War.

The ambassador noted that even with the international system success in preventing a new world war, it failed to sufficiently settle regional clashes and conflicts and eliminate nuclear weapons.

Moreover, he said that despite achieving some progress in sustainable development and protecting human rights, large numbers of people still suffer from poverty, famine and lack of essential needs.

According to Idris, the COVID-19 pandemic tested the concept of international cooperation and demonstrated that despite the need for multilateral work, the international community was still sorely lacking in this regard.

It is necessary for the international community to show coordinated solidarity to effectively confront the current and future challenges caused by the pandemic through a new international vision that derives lessons from the past, he suggested.

Source: Aawsat

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