AU deputy chair urges upholding multilateralism as world celebrates UN Day

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-25 01:44:37|Editor: yan
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ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) Commission Deputy Chairperson Thomas Kwesi Quartey on Wednesday urged the global community to maintain multilateralism under the United Nations umbrella.

Quartey made the comment as the world marks the anniversary of the UN Charter's entry into force in 1945.

The deputy chairperson, who dubbed the UN Day as a momentous day that should always be celebrated, said that it is "dismaying to note recent developments in some parts of the civilized world appear to put a strain on the authority of both the UN and its specialized agencies."

"The global order as projected by multilateralism is being challenged by some great and mightier nations," he said.

Quartey stressed that Africa is committed to the maintenance of a rules-based international order, which advances a relatively level playing field for all.

"The United Nations has been the guarantee for sustainable peace and development as well as shared prosperity," Quartey said.

"It remains the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most universal intergovernmental organization in the world," he added.

Quartey underscored the African continent's common stance regarding the United Nations, saying that Africa believes a reformed UN system remains the guarantee for sustainable peace and development.

He stressed the important synergies and coherence between the global UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and the AU's Agenda 2063.