On December 12, 2018, the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace was established. To promote and maintain the UN’s three pillars of peace and security, development, and human rights, it is critical to preserve the values of multilateralism and international cooperation that underpin the UN Charter and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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- To address the rising challenges of protectionism and isolationism, the international norms and rules-based system that have guided states for seven decades must rise to the occasion.
- Climate change, geopolitical conflicts, humanitarian and migration crises are global concerns that cut beyond states’ beliefs and interests, necessitating collective attention and action.
- The political and socioeconomic landscape, as well as inter-state interactions, have all been influenced by technological growth.
- By a recorded vote of 144 in favour to 2 against, the General Assembly adopted the resolution “International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace” (A/RES/73/127) on December 12, 2018.
- The General Assembly, through that text, invites all United Nations Member States, observers, and organisations to observe the International Day in a proper manner and to disseminate the benefits of multilateralism and diplomacy for peace, including through educational and public awareness-raising activities.