Expressing his “deep gratitude” for the nation’s “unwavering dedication to multilateralism,” Secretary-General António Guterres mentioned that help and dedication are “extra vital as we speak than ever”.
“In our time – a time of conflicts, local weather disaster and COVID-19 – there’s merely no sustainable various to dialogue, worldwide cooperation, and international options,” he mentioned.
Constructing a greater world
Amidst a proliferation of conflicts – together with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Mr. Guterres flagged is a violation of its territorial integrity and of the UN Charter – he expressed his specific concern over strikes on city centres, equivalent to Odesa.
“The battle should finish for the sake of the folks of Ukraine, Russia, and the complete world,” he underscored.
The UN chief advocated for a world that respects worldwide legislation, protects civilians with a peaceable future on a wholesome planet, advances human rights and the place leaders stay as much as the values that they’ve promised to uphold.
The UN stays intensely targeted on increasing help for Ukrainians, saving lives, decreasing struggling, and serving to to discover a path of peace, in keeping with the highest diplomat.
“We’ll maintain pushing for a full-scale ceasefire, efficient humanitarian corridors and protected passage for civilians and life-saving provides, constructing on what, along with the Worldwide Committee of the Purple Cross and the events, we had been in a position to do in Mariupol,” he upheld.
In the meantime, the UN has mobilized to stop impacts past Ukraine’s borders – together with containing the spectre of regional escalation.
The Secretary-Common simply got here from a go to to Moldova, which, regardless of its unimaginable help for Ukrainian refugees, faces the interlocking crises of COVID, safety, and excessive inflation brought on by skyrocketing costs of meals and vitality and blocked commerce routes, specifically Odesa.
“I enchantment to the worldwide group, and I take revenue of being right here, and particularly to the European Union, to supply large help, together with finances help, to assist protect Moldova’s stability and pursue its bold reform agenda,” he mentioned.
“We should additionally work collectively to guard refugees from human trafficking, gender-based violence, and different types of abuse”.
Earlier than Moldova, the UN chief travelled to Senegal, Niger and Nigeria, which like creating international locations in every single place, are reeling from the cascading challenges of an unabated local weather emergency, uneven COVID restoration, and a triple disaster of meals, vitality and finance, exacerbated by the battle in Ukraine.
He expressed his deep concern over “starvation turning into widespread in numerous elements of the world due to the dramatic meals safety scenario we face due to the battle in Ukraine.”
Underscoring the significance of Ukraine’s meals and Russia and Belarus’s meals and fertilizer returning to markets, the highest UN official promised to “do every thing I can to facilitate the dialogue that may result in outcomes on this respect”.
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Lauding Austria as a steadfast ally in looking for multilateral options, he referred to as the nation “a bridge-builder between East and West, and a beneficiant host of many United Nations organizations”.
“I all the time hear from colleagues working in Vienna that the circumstances created by the Austrian authorities are so beneficial that many determine to retire and go on residing right here,” he mentioned, calling that “the perfect testimony to the improbable hospitality of our host metropolis and host nation”.
Mr. Guterres concluded by saying that he appears to be like ahead to deepening the “robust partnership”.