With the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic still raging in many parts of the world, multilateral cooperation is seen as the sole solution. The United Nations (UN) is considered the pillar of upholding multilateralism. Whereas this year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of this international organization, a conference organized by the UN Associations of China and the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs invited dozens of international experts to discuss the role of the UN amid global uncertainties. The Global Times selected the opinion of three participants.
Kishore Mahbubani, a distinguished fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore who served as Singapore’s permanent representative to the UN
Is the UN a sunrise or sunset organization? For those of us in the East, in Asia, and in the third world, we basically see the UN as a sunrise organization, and in the West, even though the West is divided, it sees it as a sunset organization. The US is walking away from the organization, walking away from treaties, and recently walking away from the World Health Organization (WHO). And even though the European countries say they support the UN and support multilateralism, they starve the UN of resources and money.
So what can we do to strengthen the UN and make sure it means a sunrise? First, let’s raise the amount of mandatory funding to the UN. China can lead the way in explaining why we need a stronger long-term funding for a body like the WHO. I think this is one area where China can provide the […]