Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid has said that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has re-emphasized the need for multilateralism.
He said this while delivering his statement to mark the 75th anniversary of signing of the United Nations Charter.
In his statement, Minister Shahid mentioned that the Maldives owes much to the global environment created by the United Nations and its strong belief on multilateralism, for its progress and advancement as a nation. He said that the importance of multilateralism has been reminded in today’s time, as nations are working hand in hand in the global fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that the pandemic has shaken global society and brought the world to an entire halt.
Furthermore he said that no nation was prepared for the pandemic and no nation can deal with it by itself, highlighting the importance of a multilateral approach towards the fight against COVID-19.
“It has re-emphasized the need for multilateralism. Global problems require global effort, global cooperation. In a similar vein, the challenge of our times of our times such as climate change and increasing natural disasters require global cooperation, solidarity and commitment”, said Foreign Minister Shahid.
The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco, United States of America on 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. The Charter calls for the UN to maintain international peace and security; promote social progress and better standards of life; strengthen international law; and promote human rights.