The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary on Monday, celebrating the mantra that “multilateralism is not an option but a necessity” – even as the coronavirus pandemic underscores the fragility of international cooperation.
The anniversary kicked off at the global body’s annual UN General Assembly, when normally leaders and representatives of nearly 200 countries gather en masse to sound off about the world’s problems and offer myriad solutions.
Instead, with COVID-19 still limiting global movement, just one representative from each of the 193 UN members will be allowed, and only someone already in the United States.
Everyone else will have to appear by videoconference, including at least 160 heads of state.
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16:00 GMT – Turkish president calls for Security Council reform
Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for an “equitably representative” UN Security Council.
“In order to empower the UN system, we must first reform the Security…