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The President of the European Council urges for a return to stable foundations for multilateralism.
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The President of the European Council urges for a return to stable foundations for multilateralism.

The United Nations is currently facing challenges and obstacles that hinder its effectiveness. It is our duty to take action and address these issues. This involves actively working towards improving multilateral cooperation and rebuilding trust. We must also prioritize addressing urgent issues and fixing any flaws in the United Nations system.

Protecting the Charter 

Mr. Michel emphasized that trust and assurance among Member States relies on a devoted dedication to the principles established in the UN Charter. He stated that the foundations of the charter, which include respect for national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and human rights, are all integral components of this trust and assurance.

According to Mr. Michel, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has blatantly ignored the charter’s principles and undermined the UN Security Council’s credibility.

“Over the past 19 months, Mr. Michel stated that Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, has shamelessly waged a war against its neighboring country without provocation.”

We must put an end to the Kremlin and its dangerous actions, but it has yet to be hindered in its sense of immunity.

Mr. Michel expressed disapproval of the Security Council’s veto policy, stating that allowing permanent members to veto sanctions against themselves impeded the council’s ability to resolve conflicts instigated by one of its permanent members.

He expressed disapproval towards the Security Council’s composition of five states, stating that including a greater range of representation would enhance the council’s credibility.

According to Mr. Michel, the Security Council is harming its own credibility due to its lack of inclusivity.

“The United Nations is an organization made up of various nations. When discussing potential changes to the multilateral system, we view the nation state as its fundamental component. It is likely that the Security Council will see an expansion in its permanent membership. We must strive to progress beyond the current state of affairs,” he stated.

Climate crisis

During his speech to the UNGA, Mr. Michel also discussed the issue of climate change, stating that “the planet is heating up.”

“We have committed to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, but we acknowledge that we are far from achieving this goal. Current projections suggest that the Earth’s temperature will rise by 2.5 degrees by the end of the century. It is imperative that we refocus our efforts to stay on track.”

The European Union (EU) took autonomous action to increase its goals for renewable energy in light of the lack of significant progress.

Mr. Michel stated that we are requesting for a threefold increase in renewable energy goals and for the G20 to do the same, as well as a doubling of energy efficiency targets by 2030.

He highlighted the importance of the EU in leading the global funding for efforts to address climate change.

According to the statement, the global community is projected to achieve $100 billion in international funding for climate-related initiatives. The European Union has played a significant role in this effort, contributing $26 billion in 2021, surpassing its portion.

The occurrence of natural disasters is happening rapidly across all continents, including the most recent one in Libya. It is crucial to have an international disaster fund in order to provide speedy and equitable aid and increase our combined ability to recover from these events.

Reforming financial framework 

Mr. Michel urged for the implementation of a strong and equitable international financial system that is suitable for the 21st century.

The COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian war have had a significant impact on the economic and financial state of vulnerable nations. According to the speaker, over 50 low-income countries have been unable to meet their debt obligations, and there is a possibility that a dozen more may also default.

Many areas in the world lack access to financial resources, which not only impedes the achievement of sustainable development goals, but also heightens the chances of a debt crisis.

Mr. Michel advocated for a significant change in financial policies and showed his backing for the Paris Summit, organized by the leaders of France and Barbados, to create a new global agreement on financing. He stated that it is crucial for the international community to enhance the ability of international financial institutions to provide a safety net for smaller, developing nations.

The complete statement can be found at this location.

This information comes from the United Nations news website.