76th Normal Meeting will get underway at UN Headquarters in New York
Passing on the gavel to the brand new Meeting president, António Guterres saluted his predecessor: “All through this troublesome and historic second, we’ve got all been lucky to depend on the management of His Excellency, President Volkan Bozkir”.
The UN chief credited the outgoing Turkish diplomat and politician for prioritizing a sustainable restoration, rooted within the 2030 Agenda, and supporting nations and communities as they rebuild techniques shattered by the pandemic.
Bold vaccination marketing campaign
Mr. Guterres stated that beneath Mr. Bozkir’s management, the Meeting had sought to “strengthen well being techniques, ship COVID-19 testing, therapy and gear, and contribute to essentially the most bold vaccination marketing campaign in historical past”.
Furthermore, he drove the Normal Meeting’s very important work within the areas of peace and safety, disarmament, human rights, gender equality and sustainable improvement whereas additionally overseeing the adoption of main resolutions on key points – from peacebuilding to counterterrorism and stopping crimes in opposition to humanity – addressing local weather change and ending human trafficking.
“Briefly, beneath President Bozkir’s stewardship, this Meeting has confirmed, repeatedly, the worth of multilateralism and a rules-based worldwide system”, stated the Secretary-Normal.
‘Unequal, difficult and ground-breaking’
In a heartfelt speech earlier than closing the seventy fifth Meeting’s last assembly, outgoing President Bozkir famous that his tenure befell amidst a “tumultuous, historic, transformative, unequal, difficult and ground-breaking 12 months”.
“From the earliest moments of my Presidency, we knew that COVID-19 would dominate our agenda. Nevertheless, I can now say that it has strengthened our perception in a simpler and extra responsive UN”, he stated.
Earlier than stepping down, Mr. Bozkir made a collection of suggestions that ranged from strengthening the Meeting to realigning “a critical mismatch in the way in which this Group treats its staff and the world’s highest political workplace”.
He additionally advised a shift from specializing in procedures “at the price of substance” to a “extra streamlined, precedence pushed agenda” and to prioritize the UN as a single entity of respect, integrity and progress.
Earlier than bringing down the gavel for the final time, he referred to as for a second of silent prayer or meditation.
Pushing by means of challenges
Newly sworn in Normal Meeting President, Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives, then opened the new 76th session, noting that his nation’s flag is “flying on the highest peak at present”.
He spoke of near-universal “collective nervousness” and hopelessness, not all of which is pandemic-related, saying: “the narrative should change”, and that the Normal Meeting “should play a component on this”.
This second in historical past requires hope above all, he stated, to reveal to the world inhabitants that “we’re conscious of their plight…are listening…and are keen to work collectively to beat issues”.
And that we can discover the braveness to “push ahead”, “vaccinate the world” and spur a greener, extra inclusive, pandemic restoration.
Learn our unique and in-depth interview with Mr. Shahid, right here.
‘Beating coronary heart’ of the UN
This spirit of partnership, of uniting in widespread trigger, is “the beating coronary heart of our work right here on the United Nations”, Mr. Guterres instructed the opening session of the 76th Normal Meeting.
Congratulating Mr. Shahid of the Maldives on his election, the UN chief outlined his longstanding diplomatic expertise and famous that “coming from the Maldives, he brings a contemporary perspective on the distinctive expertise of small island States”.
“Mr. President, I stay up for shut collaboration as we work to serve and assist nations throughout this extraordinary second in time, and dwell as much as the nice promise and potential of the multilateral system and the United Nations”, he stated, promising the UN household’s “full assist and partnership”.
Busy months forward
The UN chief mirrored on battle and local weather change; deepening poverty, exclusion and inequality; and “a pandemic that continues to threaten lives, livelihoods and futures”.
“These challenges are worsened by the divisions scarring our world…between the wealthy and poor [and] between those that take fundamental providers as a right…and people for whom these necessities stay a distant dream”, he stated.
He underscored the necessity to speed-up our response to COVID-19, with vaccines, therapy and gear for all; to spend money on human improvement, well being care, vitamin, water and training; and commit, and commit and dwell as much as daring local weather targets at the COP26 UN local weather convention in Glasgow, in November.
“The conflict on our planet should finish”, he stated. “These challenges and divisions usually are not a drive of nature. They’re man-made”.
Mr. Guterres additionally harassed the necessity to re-commit to the UN values of human rights, supporting essentially the most weak, peace by means of dialogue and solidarity.
“Over the following 12 months, each day, allow us to maintain this higher world in view. Allow us to dwell and breathe our values on this Meeting, and throughout our work”, he stated, telling the brand new president: “All the Secretariat is at your disposal”.
UN Picture/Eskinder Debebe
Secretary-Normal António Guterres (proper) meets with Abdulla Shahid, President-elect of the Seventy-sixth Session of the United Nations Normal Meeting.