The United Nations (UN) is set to begin the 75th session of its General Assembly this week, where the nations of the world gather to seek collective solutions to global challenges. RSA led by President Cyril Ramaphosa will be part of the assembly.
But this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, this gathering is taking place virtually, using technology to bridge the distance between the capitals of the world.
As South Africa, will be addressing the General Assembly by videoconference from the Union Buildings and will be participating in several other meetings.
From The Desk of the President – Monday, 21 September 2020 – https://t.co/yrGEKFsimW The United Nations will this week begin the 75th session of its General Assembly, where the nations of the world gather to seek collective solutions to global challenges. pic.twitter.com/LArWSp6kPF
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) September 21, 2020
“This is an important moment for the United Nations. It is 75 years since its formation following the destruction of the Second World War. The countries of the world were determined that never again should such a human tragedy be allowed to happen,” said President Ramaphosa.
According to President, he believes that through an organisation like the UN, the world’s problems could be peacefully resolved through cooperation.
However, Ramaphosa said as the world confronts another global crisis, this time caused by a virus, the United Nations remains as important and relevant as ever.
The UN has played a vital role in supporting cooperation among countries and international organisations like the World Health Organisation as they have worked to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
“It has focused attention on the most vulnerable countries and those parts of society most badly affected by the pandemic,” he said.
The UN has enabled countries to focus on the work that needs to be done to not only to rebuild economies, but to do so in a manner that advances the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN is leading the effort to ensure that the world that emerges from COVID-19 is better, fairer and more peaceful.
“In the 75 years of its existence, the UN has proven the value of cooperation and solidarity,” said Ramaphosa.
To resolve the global challenges, be they health emergencies, transnational crime, conflict and war, climate change, migration or natural disasters people must work together.
“It is only through multilateralism that we can forge common strategies for the benefit of all,” said President.