The UN 75th General Assembly Session is abuzz with online and video- recorded speeches of world leaders – articulating views on post – COVID-19 world affairs, envisaging UN reforms and revamping multilateralism for addressing international security and developmental issues of common concern. The UN is at the cusp of suggesting a recalibration of the multilateral system in keeping with the session’s goal of – “The future we want, the United Nations we need”.
As per Indian media reports Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in his video-recorded speech praises the UN, yet observing that the institution faced a ‘crisis of confidence’. He makes a strong pitch for UN reforms and restructuring, to imbibe a deeper sense of multilateralism for conflict resolution and mitigation of non- traditional security threats. The speech will be formally released on 26 of September at the UN General Assembly session. The speech is significant, since in next few months India will occupy an elected non-permanent seat at the UNSC.
From the perspective of peacebuilding in Afghanistan, on 23 Sep, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, propounded a sound vision on comprehensive security and sustainable development for the region. The visionary leader reinforced the points he had made at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Since assuming office, he has embarked upon lofty initiatives for conflict resolution, integration and development of Central Asia, and in fostering a regional consensus on issues of common concern.