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Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations

On November 9, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the Security Council Open Debate on “Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations.”
In his statement, Archbishop Auza addressed what the Secretary-General said was a “trust deficit disorder” in political institutions across the world and in cooperation among nations. Giving the example of the paralysis being experienced in disarmament efforts, Archbishop Auza said that multilateralism cannot be constructed on the threat of mutual annihilation or on maintaining present balances of power. What’s needed, he said, is justice, integral human development, respect for fundamental human rights, the participation of all in public life, and other public goods. The United Nations has a crucial role in rebuilding trust among its members. For multilateralism to work, conflicts must be resolved through the force of law, not the law of force, and every State must promote that force of just law in a genuine spirit of multilateralism. Multilateralism also requires shared responsibility and solidarity with those who are poor and oppressed.

The statement can be found here.