Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Vincent Biruta participated in a High-Level virtual forum titled "The UN Charter at 75: Multilateralism in a fragmented world" on 10 June 2020.
In his remarks, Minister Biruta noted that 75 years after the Charter of the United Nations was adopted, the principles of a regulated multilateral order based on respect for international law embodied in the charter, is weakened and challenged, adding that “the anniversary of the UN Charter must be an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to its values and take action to strengthen today’s institutions to meet the global challenges of the 21st Century.”
Minister Biruta also highlighted that “to strengthen the multilateral system, we must also continue to invest in building strategic partnerships and alliances. One of the key lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of international cooperation to overcome global challenges including by mobilizing resources and coordinating response in the interest of the global community.”
He also added that “the Government of Rwanda is fully committed to join forces towards a lasting strengthening of the multilateral system; we strongly believe that this should start with institutions being more representative of our global community. To this end, the UN Security Council risks losing its legitimacy if it is not urgently reformed, namely by expanding its membership and including more African representation, among others.”
President of the 74th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Mr Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres, Chair of The Elders and Former President of Ireland Mrs Mary Robinson, and a high-level panel of Leaders and Ministers from UN Member States participated in the virtual forum.
The event was organised by Singapore in its capacity as Chair of the FOSS in partnership with The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice, and human rights.
The Forum of Small States (FOSS), founded by Singapore in 1992, is an informal platform at the UN that brings small states together to discuss issues of common interest.