COVID-19 reminds us earth and its peoples are only one family, Qatar Amir tells UN

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COVID-19 reminds us earth and its peoples are only one family, Qatar Amir tells UN

The repercussions of the COVID- 19 pandemic remind everyone that the Earth and its peoples are only one family, His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has said.

The Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani participated in the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations that was held via video conference at the UN headquarters in New York, with the participation of a number of Their Majesties, Highnesses and Excellencies heads of states, governments and delegations.

The following is an unofficial translation of HH the Amir's speech at the meeting:

In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Your Excellency, President of the General Assembly,

Your Excellency, Secretary-General of the United Nations,

Ladies and gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to thank His Excellency the President of the General Assembly for convening this im-portant meeting to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations. I also express our deep appreciation for the efforts exerted during the last months to make this meeting come out with the declaration of world leaders, which is a historic document reflecting the consensus of the international community to crystallize a unified stance vis-à-vis the common challenges and to achieve the lofty goals of the United Nations in the field of peace, security, development and human rights as the basic pillars on which our organization was founded.

We are very pleased that Her Excellency Sheikha Alya Bint Ahmed Bin Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar, is assigned to take charge of the task of facilitating negotiations on the content of this declara-tion, in partnership with the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Sweden.

Mr. President,

The founding of the United Nations has represented a great hope for mankind in the aftermath of the disasters of the Second World War, by drawing conclusions from it and from the absence of a global framework of relations among nations that don't accept wars as a means of settling disputes, and agreed upon and binding principles that allow a collective confrontation against genocides.

The United Nations was incepted on a hypothesis of existing humanity that binds us together, and a common perception of the rights of the human being and his dignity, thus constituting a turning point in international rela-tions.

The United Nations has made a great stride in achieving the goals agreed upon by the international community and has been able over the past decades to make many contributions for the advancement of humanity, saving millions of people and changing their lives for the better, through its various institutions and organizations, which are no longer conceivable to imagine our contemporary world without them.

But it is still falling short of finding the necessary mechanisms to impose its principles on its members, while the right of might still outweighs the might of right in different regions of the world and in different areas of our life.

Today, as we are on the threshold of the third decade of the current century, and despite these appreciated ef-forts, the world is still facing emerging and unprecedented challenges in various aspects, foremost of which is the exacerbation of regional and international flashpoints of tension, disarmament problematic issues, environmental issues, sustainable development, terrorism and other global challenges.

 

Among the most serious challenges that have encountered the international community since the founding of the United Nations is the issue of collectively addressing the threat of epidemics.

The confrontation of the Covid-19 pandemic and its dangerous negative repercussions on lives, public health and countries' economies is supposed to remind us that the people on earth are tantamount to one family facing a common destiny and that cooperation and joint action are inevitable to address global challenges.

Ladies and gentlemen, Our meeting today constitutes an important opportunity to renew the commitment of the international community to the letter and spirit of the United Nations Charter, and that it will continue to be a beacon for our international action, and a stepping stone for us to strengthen international cooperation to achieve its lofty goals.

This entails a serious evaluation and review of the international multilateral action and necessitates hard work to overcome the obstacles that hinder our joint efforts, to achieve comprehensive reform, especially the issue of representation of the world's people in the UN Security Council, as well as the mechanisms of implementing its resolutions, avoidance of double standards in implementation, and review of internal regulations that correlate common security issues with the positions of each of the five major states.

In this context, we reaffirm the State of Qatar's steadfast position in supporting and embodying the principles and objectives of the United Nations charter. We stress the need to implement the political declaration adopted today by promoting multilateralism and preventive diplomacy, respecting the sovereignty of states and dealing with them on an equal footing, addressing resolutely the use of force in international relations, finding solutions to pro-tracted crises and conflicts based on international law and decisions of the international legitimacy, respecting the rule of law on the national and international levels, activating the role of women and youth in all fields, using the scientific progress in a proper and legitimate manner, implementing international declarations and accords and achieving the goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

In conclusion, I reiterate the State of Qatar's commitment to work with the United Nations, pursue its support for it and promote partnership with its agencies to enable it to face the common global challenges and achieve its de-sired goals.

Thank you, and may God's peace, mercy and blessings be upon you.

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