Foreign Affairs

PM urges reforms to United Nations Charter

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has urged reforms to the UN Charter to strengthen the UN and ensure it can perform its role effectively amid current circumstances.

At the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly which was held in New York, USA, on Sep 22-29, the prime minister also called on the international community to work together to address key challenges restraining peace and development.

The General Debate of the UN’s 75th General Assembly Session was carried out under the theme “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism”.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the General Debate was held virtually with world leaders’ delivering their pre-recorded speeches.

In his video speech, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith highly valued the multilateral cooperation among international community on the protection of international peace and security, promotion of cooperation for development and mutual assistance in responding to challenges, especially conflicts, climate change, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks.

He expressed gratitude to friendly countries and international organisations for their cooperation and assistance to the Lao PDR to help it cope with Covid-19.

The Prime Minister also informed the meeting about the socio-economic development in the Lao PDR noting that despite the severe impacts of Covid-19 in slowing down the economic growth of the country, it is unlikely this growth will shift into negative territory.

The premier also called on the participants to support the application of the Lao PDR for the membership of the UN Economic and Social Council for 2023-2025.

The Economic and Social Council is at the heart of the UN system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It is the central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals. It is also responsible for the follow-up to major UN conferences and summits.

The general debate is held at the beginning of each session of the General Assembly, usually in September to provide an opportunity for member states to raise any topic and statements often reflect issues of importance to the member state. Several meetings are also held on the sidelines of the meeting. These include the ministerial meetings of Least Developed Countries (LDC) and landlocked developing countries.

Source: Lao News Agency