Portugal reaffirms support for effective multilateralism at UN

Portugal supports an effective multilateralism based on international law and the Charter of the United Nations, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said Tuesday at the general debate of the ongoing 74th General Assembly.

“Portugal welcomes and reaffirms its support for all the priorities that you have pursued in your coherent, dynamic and determined mandate,” the Portuguese president said, referring to what Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his speech earlier.

Portugal supports an effective multilateralism, based on international law and the Charter of the United Nations and its legal extension to new global realities such as the environment and climate change, the oceans, data protection, cybersecurity, combating terrorism and artificial intelligence, he said.

Portugal also supports the reform of the United Nations system, conflict prevention within the context of development cooperation, peacekeeping and human rights, in particular those of children, youth and women, he said.

The Portuguese leader also underlined the need to uphold multilateralism.

“Multilateral vision shared by everyone, including those deemed most powerful, because nobody is an island and nobody can, alone or with a handful of allies, address the increasingly complex problems affecting everybody,” he said.

We should support the UN to strengthen its financial sustainability, its ability to act and facilitate networking, dialogue, conflict prevention, and match initiatives in areas of common interest, the Portuguese president said.

He also urged the UN members to resist “the temptation to gaze at our own ego, our power, our upcoming election, the immediate demands of difficult times or of rapid change, thereby ignoring others, not accepting others, rejecting others, pretending that the rest of the world does not exist, or can only exist if it resembles us.”