Date(s) - 24/04/2023
24 April was established by the UN General Assembly in 2018 as the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace following a declaration by a Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Multilateralism is usually defined as collaboration between several countries in pursuit of a common goal, where other parties such as civil society or the private sector may also be involved. See here for a short guide on multilateralism and its role in our daily lives.
Preserving the values of multilateralism and international cooperation, which underpin the UN Charter and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is fundamental to promote and support the three pillars of the UN: peace and security, development and human rights.
The international norms and rules-based system that have steered nations through seven decades must rise to meet the mounting challenges of protectionism and isolationism. Global issues such as climate change, geopolitical tensions, humanitarian and migratory crises are cross-cutting, implicating the values and interests of nations. They require collective attention and action. Technological advancement has also impacted the political and socio-economic landscape and inter-state relations.