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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on the ECOSOC 2020 High-level Segment
17 Jul 2020 -  Remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on the ECOSOC 2020 High-level Segment.
"(...) The pandemic has underscored the need for a strengthened and renewed multilateralism:
A multilateralism based on the powerful ideals and objectives enshrined in the Charter and in the agreements defined across the decades since.
A multilateralism built on trust, that is based on international law and is geared towards the overarching goals of peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.
We need a networked multilateralism, in which the United Nations and its agencies, the international financial institutions, regional organizations and others work together more effectively with stronger institutional links.
And we need an inclusive multilateralism, drawing on the critical contributions of civil society, business, foundations, the research community, local authorities, cities and regional governments.
This, in turn, will help lead to an effective multilateralism with the mechanisms it needs to make global governance work where it is needed.
As this Organization’s mothership for sustainable, inclusive development, the Economic and Social can do much to advance the cooperation we need (...)" - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations [Excerpt].