UN / MULTILATERALISM

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As the world marks the centennial of the First World War, Secretary-General António Guterres called for buttressing “our practice of multilateralism for the tests and threats of today and tomorrow.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

09 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As we mark the centennial of the First World War, we must draw its lessons, and buttress our practice of multilateralism for the tests and threats of today and tomorrow. And as 21st-century challenges threaten to outpace 20th-century institutions and mindsets, let us reaffirm the ideals of collective action while pursuing a new generation of approaches and architecture capable of responding.”
4. Med shot, Ambassador of Qatar
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“There is anxiety, uncertainty and unpredictability across the world. Trust is on the decline, within and among nations. And people are losing faith in political establishments – national and global. Key assumptions have been upended, key endeavours undermined, and key institutions undercut.”
6. Med shot, ECOCOC President
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need new forms of cooperation with other international and regional organizations – a networked multilateralism. And we need closer links with civil society and other stakeholders – an inclusive multilateralism. The Security Council has a central role to play in showing the value of international cooperation.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Ma Zhaoxu, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations:
“The world is going through a new round of profound development as well as tectonic changes and adjustments. The protracted and emerging geopolitical flashpoints, the looming shadow of terrorism and armed conflict, the proliferation of drivers of instability and uncertainty, as well as the increased risks and challenges, are all hallmarks of our times. As a result of the rise of unilateralism and protectionism, the international order and global governance system are under attack. It is pertinent to say that the world needs multilateralism and a stronger UN more than ever.”
10. Wide shot, Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The vast size of the financial support the United States gives the United Nations illustrates our seriousness with which we take this work and our commitment. But I will be honest with you: there are times when the American people question their generous support to the United Nations. There are times when we are tempted to believe that multilateralism has been a bad deal for the United States; that we could be more effective advancing our principles and interests on our own. And there are times when that conclusion is correct.”
12. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

As the world marks the centennial of the First World War, Secretary-General António Guterres today (9 Nov) called for buttressing “our practice of multilateralism for the tests and threats of today and tomorrow.”

Guterres said that “as 21st-century challenges threaten to outpace 20th-century institutions and mindsets, let us reaffirm the ideals of collective action while pursuing a new generation of approaches and architecture capable of responding.”

The Secretary-General, addressing an open debate on multilateralism and the role of the United Nations, said “there is anxiety, uncertainty and unpredictability across the world. Trust is on the decline, within and among nations. And people are losing faith in political establishments – national and global. Key assumptions have been upended, key endeavours undermined, and key institutions undercut.”

He said, “we need new forms of cooperation with other international and regional organizations – a networked multilateralism. And we need closer links with civil society and other stakeholders – an inclusive multilateralism.”

The Security Council, he stressed, has a central role to play in showing the value of international cooperation.”

Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu of China, who circulated the concept note in preparation for today’s open debate, said “the world is going through a new round of profound development as well as tectonic changes and adjustments. The protracted and emerging geopolitical flashpoints, the looming shadow of terrorism and armed conflict, the proliferation of drivers of instability and uncertainty, as well as the increased risks and challenges, are all hallmarks of our times.”

As a result of the rise of unilateralism and protectionism, he said, “the international order and global governance system are under attack,” adding that “it is pertinent to say that the world needs multilateralism and a stronger UN more than ever.”

For her part, US Ambassador Nikki Haley noted that “the vast size of the financial support the United States gives the United Nations illustrates our seriousness with which we take this work and our commitment.”

She said, “there are times when the American people question their generous support to the United Nations. There are times when we are tempted to believe that multilateralism has been a bad deal for the United States; that we could be more effective advancing our principles and interests on our own. And there are times when that conclusion is correct.”

This is one of two open debates that China is holding during its presidency; the other, scheduled for 20 November, will focus on strengthening peacekeeping in Africa.
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