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Pendarovski: UN can be as effective as member states will allow it to be

President Stevo Pendarovski addressed via video speech the high-level event “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism,” which took place Monday in New York on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

“The creation of the United Nations is a monumental global achievement of humankind. Yet, world organization can be as effective as the member states will allow it to be,” Pendarovski said.

“In 1945, nations were united by the vision to protect future generations from the cruelty of war,” he pointed out. “They laid the foundations of the new international order, which put the humans at its core, not just states and their alliances.”

President Pendarovski lauded the organization, saying that over the past 75 years, the United Nations have been the cornerstone of international law and the multilateral system.

“The United Nations have prevented numerous conflicts and mitigated consequences of many humanitarian crises. The UN has helped many colonized nations to gain their independence through self-determination. Millions of people have risen from poverty and were protected from violence in the past 75 years,” Pendarovski added.

The head of state noted that through the Universal Declaration and many international treaties and conventions, the UN have encouraged the global movement for human rights, for social justice and equality, strengthened resilience to disasters and mobilized humanity in fighting climate change.

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