The Need For Multilateralism In A Changing World

The Need For Multilateralism In A Changing World

10 Dec 20
On December 10, 2020, the Turkish Heritage Organization cohosted with the Stimson Center, a live webinar conversation, “The Need for Multilateralism in Changing World” featuring the United Nations General Assembly President, Volkan Bozkir.

The event kicked off with THO President Ali Cinar providing opening remarks and introducing the session’s two moderators, Stimson Center’s Director for the Just Security 2020 Program, Richard Ponzio,  and THO’s Executive Director Savannah Lane.  H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir delivered opening remarks and focused on the need for multilateralism in a changing world through the utilization of increased cooperation. Mr. Bozkir remarked on the need for increased focus on cooperation and collaboration now more than ever, as the world continues to change and develop, so too must the responses of acting organizations respond as well. While he mentioned that the “muddled global response and growth death toll has tested the faith of many who believed an effective multilateral response can address one of the gravest challenges facing humanity,” he reassured the audience that with increased work through multilateralism, the modern threats can be defeated.

Following Mr. Bozkir’s opening remarks, the webinar’s host Mr. Ponzio and Ms. Lane  discussed the threats of climate change, COVID-19, political partisanship and more through a series of discussed questions. Mr. Bozkir highlighted throughout the conversation that more than anything, “at the core of the international system, there are three pillars, representing the shared needs and wants of the peoples of the world: peace and security, development and human rights; each equally important, interrelated, and interdependent.” Mr. Bozkir focused on the goals of continued commitment from the international community and of course the United Nations General Assembly, to work alongside multilateral agencies and programs to continue to meet the ever-changing and complex needs of the world. Finally, Mr. Bozkir interacted with the audience via audience questions, continuing a call to action to reinforce a commitment towards working together, promoting the Sustainable Development Goals set forth in the 2030 SDGs, and more. To hear the full conversation and more, visit our website www.turkheritage.org.