Laos backs multilateralism to address global challenges

  • Laos
  • Monday, 28 Sep 2020

Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Laos, giving a speech during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on Sept 26,2020, at the UN headquarters in New York. - AP

VIENTIANE, Sept 28 (The Vientiane Times/ANN): Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has voiced support for international cooperation under the United Nations framework, believing this international mechanism remains relevant to preserving world peace and addressing other international challenges.

“I have strong confidence that multilateral cooperation, conflict resolution by peaceful means and cooperation for development under the UN Charter remain relevant mechanisms, ” he said in the Laos statement delivered at the annual session of the UN General Assembly.

The 75th Session of the UN General Assembly opened last week under the theme “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism”.

The assembly provided opportunities for world leaders to air their views on the ongoing international situation and cooperation. The Lao prime minister delivered the Laos statement at the assembly via a pre-recorded video on Sept 26.

Thongloun stressed that the world had learnt useful lessons from history, including the fact that unilateralism and the use of force to solve the problems had led to war and ushered in unwanted disaster for mankind.

“In this respect, we have to try to avoid any emerging elements causing disunity so that we can prevent disaster from ever occurring again to our humanity, ” he said.

Laos’ cooperation under UN auspices had made a significant contribution to the development of Laos and its poverty reduction as well as lifting the country out of Least Developed status.

“We stand ready to fulfill our obligations and actively contribute in such cooperation mechanism, ” he said.

As part of the Laos programme to take part in the international cooperation under the UN mechanism, the Lao PM said that Laos decided to present our candidature for membership of the ECOSOC for the term 2023-2025.

“It is my hope that as the Laos seeks a membership in this important UN body for the first time, we would highly appreciate the valuable support from all member states. I promise that, if elected, Laos will actively contribute to the work of the Council, ” he said.

According to the Laos statement, the common challenges, which international community has to jointly address is climate change, adding that this world environment change had induced more frequent and severe natural disasters that brought huge impact on development, particularly food security and infrastructure development.

He said that there was a need for the international community to build society with climate resilience, adding that that adaptation is very important.

“In this connection, it requires that international community provides financial support and technological know-how to the least developed countries in order for them to be able to respond to the natural disaster, ” he said.

“On the same note, it also calls for concerted efforts from all countries around the world to consume natural resources in a sustainable manner, employ more alternative energy and follow the commitment under the Paris Agreement on reducing the greenhouse gas emission that contributed to the rising of world temperature, ” he said. - Vientiane Times/Asian News Network

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