World needs commitment to rules-based order, UN chief tells General Assembly

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UNITED NATIONS, Sep 25 (APP):Facing a world where trust –- in national institutions, among States and in the rules-based global order –- is at a breaking point, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres set the stage for the 73rd general debate of the United Nations with a call to rebuild solidarity, repair broken trust and reinvigorate the spirit
of multilateralism.
“As guardians of the common good, we also have a duty to promote and support a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system,” the Secretary-General said, addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN Headquarters on Tuesday.
“We need commitment to a rules-based order, with the United Nations at its centre and with the different institutions and treaties that bring the Charter to life … There is no way forward but collective,, common-sense action for the common good.”
Guterres’ annual opening message, which draws from his yearly report on the work of the Organization, also highlighted the persisting challenges facing the people and the planet, including the seemingly unending conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the suffering of the Rohingya people and the threat of terrorism, non-proliferation and the use of chemical weapons.
He also drew attention to increasing inequality and the “discrimination and demagoguery” faced by migrants and refugees, in the context of clearly insufficient international cooperation.
“It is our common duty to reverse these trends and resolve these challenges. We need to move ahead based on facts, not fear – on reason, not illusion. Prevention must be at the centre of all we do, Guterres said.
“This session of the General Assembly is a real opportunity for progress,” he told high-level delegates from around the world.