The State of Qatar, on behalf of the United Nations General Assembly has underlined that multilateralism is not a threat to the sovereignty or 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 cooperation.

This came in a statement delivered today by HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al -Thani, in her capacity as President of the Assembly on behalf of Her Excellency President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations 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, HE the Ambassador 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 interrelated.”

She referred to the conflicts that are afflicting Yemen, Syria and other parts of the world, as well as the tensions that continue in other places, which deprive the peoples of those countries of the fruits of sustainable development, stressing that the prosperity of countries is linked to the prosperity of all nations.

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

HE Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al -Thani expressed her firm conviction that international dialogue and cooperation are the only tried and tested approaches to global challenges and thus requires the strengthening of the role of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions relevant to the peoples of the world.

“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, Her Excellency stressed the importance of increasing economic opportunities, decent work, political participation, social protection and peace processes, and called for continued strengthening of concerted and coordinated 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,” said HE Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al -Thani, Qatar’s permanent representative to the United Nations, adding that “development, peace, security and human rights are all interdependent and mutually reinforcing concepts.”

Her Excellency stressed that a pluralistic approach would enable everyone to address many of the challenges that face the international peace and security.

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.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs