World needs to ‘double efforts’ for multilateralism

PRIME Minister Hun Sen said the world needs to double efforts to reinvigorate multilateralism to tackle key challenges for the common interest.

He made the remarks in a pre-recorded video statement delivered to a virtual meeting attended by representatives from political parties, think tanks and civil society organisations in BRICS countries and other developing countries.

Countries cannot turn their back on multilateralism if they are to genuinely tackle common challenges, Hun Sen said, addressing the meeting themed “Solidarity and Cooperation Towards Common Development and a Brighter Future”.

“In this connection, Asean and BRICS as well as the rest of the international community need to double down efforts to revitalise multilateralism that gives priority to convergences in addressing challenges,” he said.

Hun Sen noted that countries should not be hindered by “the imposition of unilateral sanctions, economic embargoes or other coercive measures that violate international law and the core principles and purposes enshrined in the United Nations Charter”.

Regarding the post-Covid-19 recovery in an inclusive, sustainable and resilient manner, it is also imperative for countries to work closely together to ensure they are on the right track to achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, he said.

“In this regard, I fully support China’s Global Development Initiative that involves international cooperation and efforts to support less developed countries,” he said. — Xinhua

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