“The accomplishments of the final 12 months wouldn’t have been potential with out…Abdulla Shahid,” stated Secretary-Normal António Guterres.
“Regardless of the unprecedented occasions, he gathered Member States collectively in widespread trigger”.
Just like the earlier one, this session was marked by a sequence of deepening challenges, he informed the contributors, citing rising costs, rising meals insecurity and “the gathering shadows of a world recession”.
The UN chief continued, citing “a world pandemic that refused to be defeated – and the emergence of one other well being emergency in monkeypox – and lethal heatwaves, storms, floods and different pure disasters”.
In the meantime, each day ferocious conflicts proceed to place hundreds of thousands of lives in jeopardy.
He gave examples of deepening poverty, inequality that continues to impede restoration and growth, and “a morally bankrupt international monetary system” that penalizes growing nations and blocks their path to sustainable restoration together with a local weather emergency “that’s – actually – setting our planet on fireplace”.
Management all through challenges
Because the Meeting labored over final 12 months to handle these challenges, the highest UN official acknowledged Mr. Shahid’s regular hand and “huge ability”.
Throughout unprecedented occasions, he introduced “contemporary imaginative and prescient to points like gender equality, local weather motion and the distinctive perspective of small island States”.
Furthermore, Mr. Guterres praised the outgoing President as being “invaluable” throughout the first 12 months of the Our Frequent Agenda report – a blueprint for international cooperation and reinvigorated multilateralism – by facilitating Member State consultations, which “paved the trail to progress”.
“His ‘presidency of hope’ delivered precisely that – hope that we are able to come collectively and face the challenges earlier than us, in solidarity,” stated the UN chief, thanking Mr. Shahid for his “sturdy stewardship”.
The Secretary-Normal appeared ahead to working with Csaba Kőrösi, the brand new Meeting President, as he carries ahead Mr. Shahid’s “spirit of cooperation and hope” throughout the 77th session.
Noting that the highway forward shall be “difficult and unpredictable,” he stated that “the approaching session will proceed to check the multilateral system like by no means earlier than. And it’ll proceed to check cohesion and belief amongst Member States”.
Nonetheless, the UN’s prime official assured that through the use of diplomacy, negotiation and compromise – “the instruments of our commerce” – the UN can “proceed supporting folks and communities world wide”.
“We are able to pave the best way to a greater, extra peaceable future for all folks,” he attested, “And we are able to renew religion within the United Nations and the multilateral system, which stay humanity’s greatest hope”.
Imaginative and prescient and dedication
Earlier than congratulating Mr. Kőrösi, the UN chief once more acknowledged President Shahid for his imaginative and prescient and “tireless dedication” to the Group, multilateralism, and the Normal Meeting.
He additionally thanked the Member States “for coming collectively throughout these unprecedented occasions”.
One other tough 12 months
In welcoming the President of the Meeting’s 77th session, the Secretary-Normal appeared ahead to collaborating carefully with him on the world’s many challenges and options to handle them.
“The approaching 12 months shall be one other tough one. However the United Nations was made for moments like this,” he stated, explaining the necessity to marshal international co-operation from Authorities halls to enterprise boardrooms to UN convention rooms.
Mr. Guterres underscored the necessity for co-operation to: rescue the Sustainable Growth Targets (SDGs), and put progress again on monitor, urgently; reform a morally bankrupt international monetary system, and assist growing nations entry the financing and debt aid they want; reverse the local weather disaster and bold help for growing nations to make this shift and to adapt; and heal the divisions scarring our world and construct peace.
“As we shut this session and stay up for the following, allow us to all renew our dedication to co-operation, and the everlasting instruments of diplomacy, dialogue and debate,” he concluded. “Let’s work as one to forge a greater, extra peaceable future for all”.
In delivering his ultimate speech as Meeting President, Mr. Shahid spoke in regards to the “unprecedented journey” of his presidency of challenges and triumphs; twists and turns; and laughter and friendship.
He described it as “a journey of renewed hope,” that might have been not possible “with out the help, the friendship, and the steerage of all Member States”.
I thanks, expensive Ambassadors. You made me really feel like a part of the household from day one. Regardless of the tough occasions we have now endured, we have now celebrated many events over the previous 12 months. We celebrated unity, camaraderie, and hope, collectively, as a household.
The outgoing Meeting President urged these current to “not lose hope and provides into cynicism” or “flip our backs on those that look to us on the United Nations for options”.
“Let us use the devices at our disposal to safe international peace and justice…[and] inform the following technology that their aspirations, their futures, their planet, are value preventing for,” he underscored.
“We owe it to ourselves, to our friends, to our kids, to our grandchildren, to humanity, to decide on hope”.
He welcomed President-elect Csaba Korosi and need him “the easiest,” in main the 77th session.
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