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Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed visits the UN Hub of the Dubai 2020 Expo in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Multilateralism ‘struggling’ to solve world challenges

“In the space of six months of the COVID-19 crisis, cooperation among the world’s top scientists had developed vaccines and multilateralism had delivered a vehicle to ensure their distribution across the world – the COVAX facility”, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“And yet today, we are still struggling to get the resources and cooperation required to ensure vaccine equity and to muster up a recovery that would put us on a better path”.

‘More to give’

In 2015, the landmark Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were established to deal decisively with the climate crisis and end poverty by 2030.

Yet, there have since been struggles to “translate global commitments and the goodwill of a host of stakeholders into national actions and international finance commensurate with the challenge”, explained the deputy UN chief.

And although the world has the tools, knowledge and forums to prevent conflict, it continues as the planet experiences “the largest humanitarian crisis since the beginning of the second world war”, she added.

“This points to an international order that is not yet capable of following through on its own best intentions”, said Ms. Mohammed. “International cooperation and the United Nations have come a long way, but we have so much more to give”.

Living the goals

With 192 nations represented, the deputy UN chief described the Expo is “an auspicious occasion” to mark 76 years of multilateralism, guided by the founding UN Charter.

“The focus of Expo 2020 on sustainability and connecting minds to change the future is at the heart of…Our Common Agenda…vision for ensuring that multilateralism ensures that we – as one human family – breakthrough together”, said the UN official.

It is only through inclusion that we can renew our social contract and rebuild trust -- Deputy UN chief

Against the backdrop of a global crisis of confidence, trust and collective action, she upheld the need for more effective multilateralism, renewed social contract, deepened solidarity, and stronger investments in youth – with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core.

“It is only through inclusion that we can renew our social contract and rebuild trust. And inclusion can only be achieved if we place our youth and women at the centre of the equation”, Ms. Mohammed spelled out.

UN works toward ‘decisive breakthrough’

As the UN climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow fast approaches, the world “must do better” at ensuring both women and young people are shaping “the critical decisions we need to make as a global society”, argued the UN official.

“What gives me immense hope is that UN staff right across the world are dedicated to nothing more and nothing less than securing that decisive breakthrough”, she stated.

From troubled corners like Afghanistan or Ethiopia to the world of diplomacy, common ground and solutions in New York or Geneva and from teams on the ground in Small Island States to UN Country Teams around the world, UN staff is working hard to achieve the Organization’s aspirations.

And sustainability is not only a common theme in all pavilions but the SDGs are incorporated in many of the Expo’s presentations and exhibits.

“Let us mark this day in full knowledge of the fact that the United Nations is not some abstract international organization but the will and commitment of the nations and peoples of the world to secure a better future”, said the Deputy Secretary-General.

“And let us capitalize on the powerful opportunity Expo offers us to unite in solidarity to end poverty, protect the planet, secure peace and improve the lives of everyone, everywhere in this critical Decade of Action”, she concluded.

Work together for peace

عنوان الصورة: The Emirate Youth Symphony Orchestra performing at the Al Wasl Dome on UN Day.

The Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra performed a special “Hymn to the United Nations”, which was composed 50 years ago by legendary cellist, composer and conductor Pablo Casals to commemorate the UN’s work on 24 October 1971.

“Our presence at Expo 2020 offers the opportunity to build awareness about and support for the SDGs, the importance of individual actions, solidarity, hope and engagement”, said Maher Nasser, Commissioner-General of the UN at Expo 2020.

“To build a world in which everyone thrives in peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet, we need to work together”.

Opening week of Dubai Expo

عنوان الصورة: The President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, visiting the UN Hub during the opening week.

 

عنوان الصورة: The UN hub offers everything from art exhibitions to panel discussions and film viewings. It's an interactive space where people can learn more about the work of the United Nations and Agenda 2030.
عنوان الصورة: Opening day of Expo 2020 Dubai, two of the first visitors to the UN Hub.

 

عنوان الصورة: During the Expo, the UN Hub is hosting panel discussions organised by different agencies.
عنوان الصورة: Amruta Kshemkalyani, founder of Sustainability Tribe, stopped by to discuss the environment and Agenda 2030

 

عنوان الصورة: Divine Ntiokam from Cameroon, one of FAO´s food champions during his visit to the UN Hub
عنوان الصورة: Dr Dena Assaf, Resident Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates, giving a tour of the SDG Art Exhibition.
عنوان الصورة: Commissioner General for the UN Pavilion, Maher Nasser, during an interview with Newsroom Africa.

 

عنوان الصورة: His Excellency Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, received by Commissioner-General Maher Nasser and Resident Coordinator Dena Assaf

 

عنوان الصورة: "The presidency of hope lives here in the United Nations Hub." Abdulla Shahid, President of the Seventy-Sixth General Assembly.