(RightWing.org) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) recently conducted an open debate on multilateralism, the process of organizing relations between three or more countries. On May 7, China hosted the virtual event in its role as the rotating president of the Council for May. China’s Foreign Affairs minister, Wang Yi, stressed the importance of ongoing cooperation between nations as the world recovers from a “raging pandemic” and the “profound changes” that came with it.
Volkan Bozkir, the UN General Assembly president, echoed that sentiment and urged member states to “do better” regarding making COVID-19 vaccines available worldwide, particularly in low-income nations. The coronavirus pandemic isn’t a “zero-sum game,” he stated. “Good intentions” don’t replace vaccinations.
US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a warning of his own for the Security Council when it came time to deliver his address.
Sec. Blinken Issues a Grave Warning
Blinken briefly discussed the development of the United Nations and the rise and fall of the Cold War, and other global challenges and divisions. Continuing, he spoke of the UN’s endurance, but warned that “now, it’s in serious jeopardy.”
According to Blinken, nationalism is on the rise along with repression. Disputes between nations are widening, and attacks on world order are “intensifying.” In the present environment, it is “imperative” that the Security Council commits to taking a multilateral approach to solving the world’s problems.
Blinken spoke about China’s alleged human rights abuses against its Uyghur population and efforts to control Hong Kong. He also talked about Russia’s recent incursions into Ukraine without citing either country by name.
Blinken said member states could restore world order by meeting their commitments, placing human rights at the center of ongoing Security Council measures, and respecting every nation’s “sovereign equality.”
His remarks were in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s opinions on foreign policy and placing American interests first. World order sounds great on paper, but the Trump administration understood pursuing an “America First” policy was imperative.
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