Namibia celebrates international day of multilateralism

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Namibia has joined the international community in celebrating the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation said on Sunday.

Enacted three years ago through the United Nations General Assembly, the day seeks to affirm the primacy of the United Nations Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among nations through diplomatic means.

The ministry in a media statement said Namibia joins the international community in celebrating the day and its strength in promoting international cooperation and maintaining peace and security.

The day also acknowledges the use of multilateral decision-making systems in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflict among nations, it added.

The preservation of the values and norms of multilateralism and various forms of international cooperation it said justifies the importance of the United Nations Charter as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals in order to foster peace and security.

'Namibia stresses that multilateralism and diplomacy are at the core of a just and fair global society while preserving the right to self-determination and sovereign equality of all nations big and small,' the ministry stated.

It further said Namibia recognises the critical role that multilateralism has played over the past several decades in tackling global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, economic meltdown, cross border wars, human rights violations, unequal distribution of wealth and high level of poverty.

Namibia continues to participate in various multilateral fora such as the United Nations, African Union, and the Southern Africa Development Community where it cooperates with other nations to strengthen the international and regional mechanism to promote trade and other areas, it added.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency