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UN chief seeks partnerships to tackle rising conflicts, displacements


[FILE] Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly, speaks during the opening session of the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on December 15, 2018. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

President, United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, yesterday, called on countries to forge uncommon partnerships to tackle rising conflicts and displacements across the world.

Espinosa, an Ecuadorian, who was elected President in September during the 73rd session of the Assembly, said this while delivering a speech at the two-day 18th Doha Forum, which opened yesterday morning in Doha, Qatar capital.

She said more than 258 million migrants “today live outside their home countries of birth due to conflicts.” She noted that the world was in its highest point of transition and, therefore, needed immediate action to curb populism, rising nationalism sentiments and displacements.

“People leave their homes fleeing bombs, and nearly one person was displaced every two seconds last year,” she said. According to Espinosa, there is need for a stronger multilateral system, “and states can still come together to make progress.”

She explained that her preoccupation as president of the General Assembly was (managing) young people, just as she noted, “the world is in no shortage of crises.”

While the major challenges of cyber security and climate change subsist, Espinosa said the international community needed to “do more to support intermediation and conflict resolution.”

Somalian Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said countries must work together to avert another economic meltdown, as predicted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
This year’s edition of Doha Forum, under the theme: “Shaping Policy in an Interconnected World,” comes under the patronage of Amir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Qatari leader.

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