Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is urging the United Nations (UN) to do a sober reflection on its ability to provide solutions to existing and emerging threats of conflicts, terrorism, and other problems that continue to afflict the world.

Speaking during a high level virtual forum to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations on the theme “The UN Charter at 75; Multilateralism in a Fragmented World” she said “There is no gainsaying that the foundational principles of the UN have stood the test of time and remain relevant in tackling contemporary global challenges.

However, we remain challenged by existing and emerging threats, climate change, shrinking biodiversity, financing sustainable development and bridging the digital divide”.

She added, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations should therefore be a time for sober reflection on the ability of our organization to provide solutions to these issues and make it fit for purpose for this 21st Century.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said the international community is currently at an important crossroad in history and the economic, social and humanitarian crises resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic is a reminder of the need for countries to agree on the defining elements of their shared sovereignty and collective security.

She further stated that Ghana shares the view that this is the moment for countries to energize and deepen international cooperation in order to ensure they recover together and re-build better.

The virtual commemorative forum brought together members of the Forum of Small States like Singapore, Switzerland, Rwanda, Jamaica, Georgia,  Chile and many others with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E Antonio Guterres.