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[2020-11-06] The Jeju Forum 2020 – How to Reinvent Multilateral Cooperation in the Midst of Pandemic

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On November 2020, Chairman Ban was invited to speak at the 2020 Jeju Forum on the theme, “How to Reinvent Multilateral Cooperation in the Midst of Pandemic.”

Chairman Ban stated his speech on COVID-19. “We are currently living in a world of converging crises and pressing challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our globalized world; the climate crisis continues to worsen; great power rivalries are increasing; and technological advancement is occurring at a dizzying pace. However, despite these major challenges, we also have a generational opportunity to construct a more peaceful, sustainable, and inclusive world; one that is underpinned with global cooperation, partnership, and solidarity.” He stated.

Chairman Ban continued his speech on the United Nations global goals and its importance in activating each one for a better future.  “Elevating action on the UN Global Goals as part of our COVID-19 recovery can bring us together and guide us to a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future. Indeed, this future must steer us in a dynamically new direction.” He stated.

Chairman Ban concluded his speech with a message for all. “This is a pivotal year, and decade, for both humanity and our planet. I have no doubt that you, Jeju Forum 2020 participants, can seize this historic opportunity to help reinvent multilateralism and harness this pandemic as a gateway to a brighter world for all.” He concluded.

Below is the full script of Chairman Ban Ki-moon’s speech

 

Thank you, Ms. SOHN Jie-Ae, for your kind introduction.

H.E. Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States,

H.E. Goh Chok Tong, Former Prime Minister of Singapore,

Mr. WON Heeryong, Governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

At the outset, it is my great honor to speak to you as part of the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity 2020 here in beautiful Jeju Island.

 

And it is my sincere privilege to deliver these remarks on “How to Reinvent Multilateral Cooperation in the Midst of Pandemic” at such a vital juncture for our world.

Today, we face a variety of unprecedented and interconnected global challenges that have vast implications on the future of humanity and our planet.

 

In this regard, the theme of this year’s Jeju Forum, “Reinventing Multilateral Cooperation: Pandemic and Humane Security” is incredibly timely.

 

My special thanks go to the Jeju Self-Governing Province for its support in hosting this 15th Jeju Forum, as well as to the Jeju Peace Institute for their hard work in organizing this world class event.

 

Everyone gathered here, both in person and virtually, has valuable insights to share as we collectively strive to reinvent multilateral cooperation with a view towards ensuring that it is fit for purpose to meet the global challenges of both today and tomorrow. I take this opportunity to salute each and every one of you.

 

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

We are currently living in a world of converging crises and pressing challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our globalized world; the climate crisis continues to worsen; great power rivalries are increasing; and technological advancement is occurring at a dizzying pace.

 

However, despite these major challenges, we also have a generational opportunity to construct a more peaceful, sustainable, and inclusive world; one that is underpinned with global cooperation, partnership, and solidarity.

 

COVID-19 and other global crises such as climate change have underlined our fundamental interconnectedness.

 

They have also made it clear that we need multilateral solutions borne out of cooperation and partnership to holistically address the great challenges that we face.

 

And such solutions must be rooted in inclusivity and sustainability; and centered on enhancing the health and resilience of people, communities, and our planet.

 

In this regard, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement can serve as enabling blueprints to help reinvent a new era of multilateralism and simultaneously steer our recovery to help us build back better, and greener from COVID-19.

 

These were my two proudest achievements as UN Secretary-General, and I am of the view that they offer a viable pathway to catalyze a reinvention of multilateralism when we now need it more than ever before.

 

Elevating action on the UN Global Goals as part of our COVID-19 recovery can bring us together and guide us to a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future. Indeed, this future must steer us in a dynamically new direction.

 

It must be more inclusive to ensure that no one is left behind, including the most vulnerable and marginalized.

 

It must be more sustainable so we can build our economies and societies back greener and simultaneously combat worrying air quality levels, biodiversity loss, CO2 emissions, extreme temperatures, and ecosystem damage.

 

And it must be more resilient in order to give humanity and our planet the right tools to confront the next major pandemic, security crisis, or environmental calamity.

 

In this regard, enhanced cooperation, partnership, and global governance, including the strong leadership of the UN, is needed to underpin our recovery from COVID-19 as well as its secondary economic and societal aftershocks.

 

This can kick-start a bold reinvention of multilateral action to construct healthy societies and ensure humane security.

 

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

In this today’s era of pandemic, division, and uncertainty, reinvented multilateral cooperation anchored by the UN’s global goals can offer us a new avenue forward, together.

 

While the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is keeping us apart, we also have never been so fundamentally interconnected.

 

And this interconnectedness must serve as a springboard to help us forge the future we want; one that is anchored in sustainability, dignity, inclusion, empowerment, and solidarity for all people and earth.

 

This is a pivotal year, and decade, for both humanity and our planet. I have no doubt that you, Jeju Forum 2020 participants, can seize this historic opportunity to help reinvent multilateralism and harness this pandemic as a gateway to a brighter world for all.

I thank you.