Time to tackle global challenges, DPM tells UN

  • Laos
  • Monday, 25 Sep 2023

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith called for collective actions to tackle global challenges, warning against unilateralism.

“Today, the international community is facing multiple crises at an unprecedented level. Following the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the major challenges facing developing countries vary from poverty, debt, and an unjust international financial architecture to extreme natural calamities,” he told the 78th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

“This has already been compounded by regional tensions and unilateral measures as a result of geopolitical rivalries. All this has not only hampered the hard-earned development progress during the last decade, but also threatened humankind’s survival.

“At this critical juncture, the most appropriate solutions are needed in order to address such challenges. It requires unified and collective actions that are guided by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and we must firmly uphold multilateralism in tackling them.

“To save our world from another catastrophe, our shared wisdom and united political determination are more crucial than ever. This must be done by putting aside any unilateral interests and resolutely avoiding greater confrontation and division among the UN member states.

“To this end, the United Nations must be reformed in a way that it can effectively fulfil its mandate. We need the UN to address these global challenges,” Saleumxay said. — Xinhua

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