In light of the many interrelated challenges the world faces, from humanitarian crises to economic shocks, and from climate change to pandemics, international cooperation is needed more than ever. But multilateralism is under fire. Solutions are required, and urgently. Member States recognized this when, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, they called for multilateralism to be reinvigorated.
It is clear that we need a multilateralism that is fit for the future, one that is modern, inclusive and innovative.
UN Geneva is helping to shape this by also becoming more modern, inclusive and innovative.
In 2021, the completion of important phases of the Strategic Heritage Plan, and particularly the opening of the new Building H, encouraged new, more collaborative ways of working. Our embrace of technology to facilitate online and hybrid conferencing enabled greater participation and engagement by Member States, civil society and other stakeholders. And new approaches to outreach and communication have helped us communicate the work of the United Nations to more people than ever before.
At the same time, UN Geneva adapted to the evolving epidemiological situation to ensure the continuity of multilateral diplomacy and the delivery of our
mandates while supporting the safety and well-being of staff, delegates and all who visit our premises. We also continued to put the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the forefront of our work, developing partnerships in pursuit of the Global Goals and further incorporating sustainability into our projects.
For 75 years, UN Geneva has stood strong as a centre for multilateralism, working for peace, rights and well-being. Now, through innovation, flexibility and dedication,
UN Geneva is ready to help shape a renewed multilateralism for the future.