United Nations, Oct 2: In spite of the criticism levelled against the United Nations, there is no other such platform for cooperation or a multilateral mechanism based on “equal and respectful attitude towards each and every country and their needs,” the foreign minister of Belarus has told the UN General Assembly.
“The search for answers to global challenges, the quest for ways to address common objectives clearly points out the following – no country can solve them alone,” asserted Vladimir Makei, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the land-locked eastern European nation on Monday.
In his address, Minister Makei also underlined the unique position of middle-income countries when it comes to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – adopted by UN Member States, in 2015 – noting that while they offer the greatest potential for economic growth and are home to nearly three-quarters of the global population, middle-income countries also account for an overwhelming majority of the world’s poor.
This group of countries, he continued, are also the most vulnerable to global economic fluctuations, effects of conflicts, natural and man-made catastrophes, impact of climate change and epidemics, “which all combine to threaten social and economic stability and widen inequality.”
Further in his address, the Belarusian Minister underlined urgency of bring to an immediate end the “unwinding spiral” of geopolitical chaos that has plagued the international community over the past three decades. (UNI)