0658 GMT May 20, 2019
In his message on the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace (April 24), the UN chief said the first observance of the international day underscores the value of international cooperation for the common good, the United Nations Information Centre reported.
For nearly 75 years, the multilateral arrangements established after the Second World War have saved lives, expanded economic and social progress, upheld human rights and, not least, helped prevent a third descent into global conflagration, the UN secretary general said.
According to Guterres, this new international day falls at a time when multilateral efforts are under pressure from unresolved conflicts, runaway climate change, widening inequalities and other threats.
"We are living with a paradox: global challenges are more connected, but our responses are growing more fragmented. We are seeing an increasing deficit of trust in governments, political establishments and international organizations, and the rising appeal of nationalist and populist voices that demonize and divide," he said.
We need stronger commitment to a rules-based order, with an effective United Nations at its center, he added.
"We need a networked multilateralism, with close cooperation among international and regional organizations, including development banks," said the secretary general.
“Strengthening multilateralism means strengthening our commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and building a safer, more just world for future generations,” Guterres concluded, adding, “Commitment is needed now more than ever – from the United Nations and from leaders and citizens everywhere.”