The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) convened virtually for its landmark 75th session against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic with modalities different from usual and a virtual participation of Heads of States and Governments from Member States.
Themed “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting Covid-19 through effective multilateral action”, this year’s General Assembly specially focused on taking multilateral action to combat the imminent threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UNGA 75th session saw, leader after leader, in days of speeches delivered virtually, stress the importance of multilateralism in today’s hostile environment, including the importance of working together to navigate the coronavirus outbreak and the challenges that lie beyond it.
However, this year’s General Assembly would be remembered for strong divisive grievances which demonstrate that multilateralism today faces serious challenges and more so as the world grapples with a global health crisis.
While most of the U.N. member states envisioned a multilateral world, some world leaders were seen to champion a new era of intense nationalism, the very opposite of the United Nations’ vision of multilateralism.
All things considered, seventy-five years after the 24 October 1945 ratification of the United Nations (UN) Charter, the UN remains at the heart of the multilateral system. Lending credence to this was Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th General Assembly, who ended the deeply-tensed six-day meeting on an optimistic note, reiterating the need for multilateralism and unity.
“I urge you to stay positive and look at the bigger picture, one thing is clear: We are stronger together. The challenges facing us are enormous, but so are the possibilities of solutions. By working together, we can overcome them”, Mr. Bozkir said at the closing ceremony of the virtual summit.