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UN must ‘step up’: Shahid
President Abdulla Shahid reminded the inaugural consultation on the Common Agenda, that his “Presidency of Hope” was “focused on solutions and concrete actions that look to deliver for people, planet, and prosperity.”
He said his priorities included a sustainable recovery from the pandemic, “respecting the rights of all, protecting the planet and revitalizing the UN.”
“Ours is a world in need of hope. Hope that can only be inspired by unity, solidarity, and collective action”, he said, adding that “this consultative process…is key to delivering on each of those priorities”.
“The United Nations must step up; we must become more responsive and more effective for the people we serve”, he stated.
Finding ‘common understandings’
Despite differences, Mr. Shahid maintained that “we are but one family”, encouraging everyone to “find a way forward” on the Agenda’s proposals.
“Our attempt should be to find the right mechanisms to ensure that we arrive at common understandings”.
Like fisherfolk, “let’s fill our boats with fish”, rather than “cut the hook and return to the shore empty handed”, he said.
The Assembly President closed by urging Member States to operate “in good faith, with mutual trust and respect, and with the common goal of enhancing our work and bettering the world around us.”