Reflections on the relevance of the Manila Declaration

Libran Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations

Thirty years ago the Manila Declaration on the peaceful settlement of international disputes was adopted by the UN. Still, with all the conflict in the world today, the Philippine Ambassador says it remains relevant.

While the declaration takes its name from the capital of the Philippines where it was signed in 1982, it actually maps out a plan for all countries to follow in the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

This month, Philippine Ambassador to the UN Libran Cabactulan got the Special Committee of the Charter of the UN and on the Strengthening of the Role of the UN Organization to approve a proposal that calls on all states to observe and promote in good faith the Manila Declaration.

Given all the disputes going on around the world, Julie Walker asked Ambassador Cabactulan if the Manila Declaration is still germane 30 years later.

Duration 4'04"

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