Brussels, 24 April 2020/ACP: The International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is now observed each year on 24 April. On behalf of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) the Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, reaffirms the OACPS’ commitment to multilateralism, which is indispensable in enabling States to develop and maintain a rules-based international order. He recalls the significance of multilateralism and diplomacy as effective tools that advance our common goals for lasting, sustained peace, stability and security for the achievement of sustainable and inclusive development.

The Secretary-General reiterates the importance of strengthening multilateralism, especially in the context of the current global crisis of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. He calls for multilateral processes that seek to preserve the interests of members of the OACPS, fosters stability, promotes justice and equality, while safeguarding security and peace in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Secretary-General further underlines the importance of adhering to international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change that attest to the importance of collective leadership, vision and ambition to address global challenges.

The OACPS seizes this opportunity to dedicate its efforts to identifying strategic multilateral alliances that are inspired by ethics of solidarity, shared responsibility for the common good, and the inclusive development of all people.