Multilateralism answer to world’s “Trust Deficit Disorder”

On Tuesday, the Secretary-General addressed the General Assembly ahead of its 73rd general debate and warned that “multilateralism is under fire precisely when we need it most”.  The Secretary-General concentrated his remarks on “two epochal challenges which, since last year, have taken on surpassing urgency: climate change and the new risks associated with advances in technology.” He emphasized that our “future rests on solidarity” and that we must “repair broken trust”, “reinvigorate our multilateral project” and uphold dignity for one and for all.


World leaders at the UN for the 73rd session of the General Assembly high-level week

World leaders from across the globe gathered at the United Nations headquarters for the high-level week of the 73rd session of the General Assembly.  The Secretary-General addressed a number of high-level events covering the broad range of sustainable development, peace and human rights challenges around the globe (see below). On Sunday, ahead of the high-level week, the Secretary-General participated on a Facebook Live and told the social media audience that “diversity is a richness, not a threat” and that he placed great hope in young people.



Facebook live:


Launch of the Famine Action Mechanism:

High-Level event on counter narcotics:

Mandela Peace Summit:

Launch the UN Youth Strategy and “Generation Unlimited” Partnership:

Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:

United Nations Private Sector Forum:

Meeting on Peacekeeping:

Event “A Call to Invest”: Investing in Jobs for Young People in Africa:

Event on International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons:

On Tuberculosis:

On Climate Change:

On the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Event for the Central Emergency Response Fund:

Migration event “The road to Marrakesh”:

On Mali and the Sahel:

On the Power of Education for Countering Racism and Discrimination: The Case of anti-Semitism:

Unveiling Ceremony of the Painting “Agenda 2030”:

Annual Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77:

Good Human Rights Stories Event:

On Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases:

On Economic Growth through Women’s Empowerment:

Meeting with Pacific Islands Forum Leaders:

Statements and Messages

To the meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (video):

On World Tourism Day:

To One Planet Summit 2 (video):

To event “Time to Act on Global Mental Health”:

To the ministerial level meeting of the UN LGBTI Core Group:

To event on breaking the cycle between conflict and hunger:

On Iran:

Next week

The Secretary-General will travel to India, arriving in New Delhi on Monday. In addition to meeting government officials, the Secretary-General will attend the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, deliver remarks about global challenges at the India Habitat Centre on Global Affairs, and take part in the General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance.