World Leaders Mark 75th Anniversary Of U.N.; SG Guterres Calls For Multilateralism Amid Pandemic, Discord Between U.S., China

AP: Born to prevent war, U.N. at 75 faces a deeply polarized world
“The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major global powers. Secretary-General António Guterres’ appeal for a revival of multilateralism — the foundation of the United Nations — was echoed by leaders of countries large and small, rich and poor…” (Lederer, 9/22).

Reuters: World leaders mark U.N. at 75, challenged by pandemic and U.S., China tensions
“World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic and tensions between the United States and China challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193-member body. … The pandemic has exposed the world’s fragilities, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said. ‘Today we have a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions,’ he said…” (Nichols/Gumrukcu, 9/21).

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