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H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of 75th session of the General Assembly addresses the Antalya Diplomacy Forum
17 Jun 2021 -  Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
I am honoured to address the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, by video message from the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the indisputable heart of world diplomacy.
As a long-time diplomat, I have witnessed the power of diplomacy, to resolve humanity's greatest challenges. The Antalya Diplomacy Forum, presents an outstanding platform, to facilitate the exchange of ideas by diplomatic professionals, as they seek to address the pressing issues of our time. It is only fitting that, this historic city, hosts such an august event.
As you explore the horizons of diplomacy, over the coming days, I encourage you, to ensure that, the multilateral system is central to your discussions. This system was born when, over 75 years ago, following the horrors of the Second World War, leaders from 51 countries, including Turkey, came together, to pursue collective and cooperative solutions, to the word’s challenges.
As President of the United Nations General Assembly, I have witnessed the impact of the UN, – everyday –, in pursuit of peace, universal human rights, and sustainable development. I can also attest, to the growing challenges of inequality, poverty, hunger, armed conflicts, terrorism, insecurity, climate change and pandemics.
At this time of great change, – multilateralism is not an option, but a necessity, as we build back better, for a more equal, more resilient and more sustainable world. So, I urge you, – as global leaders – , to use your diplomatic skills, and the opportunity presented by the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, - not only to address global issues through the multilateral system, but also to reform and improve the UN, so that it can remain fit for purpose, and effective, in this 21st century.
I am sure the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, will be a constructive and enduring platform, to facilitate active global diplomacy, so we can continue to create a better world for all.
I thank you.
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