Strengthening Multilateralism by Upholding the UN Charter and the Role of Small States

Event Video 

The upcoming Summit of the Future is an opportunity to turbocharge efforts toward a more peaceful, secure, and sustainable world. Discussions on revitalizing the work of the General Assembly and the Security Council reform can further serve as avenues toward a more relevant, coherent, efficient, democratic, and representative United Nations.

IPI, together with the Permanent Missions of Estonia, Guyana, Kenya, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the UN co-sponsored an event at UN Headquarters on April 4th, bringing together high-ranking UN officials, Permanent Representatives, experts, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and civil society to discuss how to reinforce the multilateral world order with the UN and the UN Charter at its core. In particular, participants addressed the following key questions:

  • How do we overcome a situation when the Security Council falls short of fulfilling its primary responsibility to maintain international peace and security?
  • How can the role of the General Assembly in matters pertinent to international peace and security further evolve when the Security Council is unable to act?
  • How can small- and medium-sized states reinforce the multilateral order with the UN and the UN Charter at its core?

Opening remarks:
H.E. Dennis Francis, President of the UN General Assembly

H.E. Jonatan Vseviov, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
H.E. Inga Rhonda King, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the UN
H.E. Martin Kimani, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN
H.E. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN
Mr. Guy Ryder, Under-Secretary-General for Policy, Executive Office of the Secretary-General

Dr. Adam Lupel, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, International Peace Institute