On Monday, President Ilir Meta called on UN countries to support Albania’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.
“Albania’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the years 2022-2023 is a commitment to make every effort to maintain international peace and security, to support the development of democracy and to protect human rights”, said President Meta during the High Level Meeting on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
In addition, Meta focused on the value of Albania as a factor of peace. “My country, he continued, fully shares the vision of a safer region, with a clear European perspective, as well as integrated and sustainable mechanisms for tackling and combating new security threats”.
“We strongly believe that effective multilateralism and an integrated approach is the only way to address and overcome the extremely complex issues related to ensuring and maintaining the peace and security of the international community”, Meta said, adding that Albania strongly supports the Secretary-General’s vision and agenda for the ambitious reforms of the three pillars of the United Nations system.
“Albania is a country that has supported and continues to support any international effort for the sake of world peace and security. In addition, our country pursues and implements a constructive regional policy, based on the principles of good neighbourly relations and respect for the rights of minorities”, President Meta said.
“From the beginning, Albania embraced this world-renowned organization and became a member in 1955. Albania embraced and implemented the UN principles, which, because of the Charter, were committed to maintaining and implementing international peace and security, to promote co-operation to solve international social and economic problems and to work for equality and the promotion of human rights. Albania is a country that has supported and continues to support any international effort for the sake of world peace and security. “In addition, our country pursues and implements a constructive regional policy, based on the principles of good neighbourly relations and respect for the rights of minorities”, Meta said.
“The United Nations, born of the ashes of World War II, was created to save future generations from the scourge of war, which twice, in the first half of the twentieth century, brought unprecedented grief to humanity. As the international community has been able to prevent the large-scale military explosions of the last century, all Member States on this 75th anniversary of the United Nations are facing a new and invisible enemy of global proportions. The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into a serious health and economic crisis that has not been seen for almost a century. However, in contrast to the experiences of World War II, this time we are all together on one front, we are all fighting against the global COVID-19 pandemic”, Meta stressed.
President Meta continued: “We strongly believe that the United Nations, 75 years after its founding, remains the cornerstone of a multilateral, rule-based cooperation that benefits the global community as a whole. We need to address the lack of trust, both within the UN and in a broader multilateral context. Due to this deficit, countries are losing confidence in multilateral institutions, especially the UN. The consensus reached in the Political Declaration to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations is a clear sign of our goodwill and our ability to work together to rebuild an even stronger, more responsible multilateral architectural structure, more efficient and more sustainable”.
The head of state said that “conflicts will not be resolved and we will not be able to have sustainable development, without equal and active participation at all levels of women and youth. Moreover, human rights can never be fully respected if they are not enjoyed by and also cover all strata of our societies”./ibna