The United Nations has marked its 75th anniversary.
The anniversary was marked on Monday September 21, 2020, amid a global pandemic and other serious challenges.
While speaking during the celebration, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the world’s fragilities.
“We can only address them together,” Guterres said, referencing the disease caused by the coronavirus.
“Today, we have a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions,” he said.
The anniversary commemoration kicks off the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders.
However, the pandemic has transformed the session into a mostly virtual gathering.
Throughout the week, a single, masked envoy representing each nation will be present in the cavernous General Assembly Hall in order to maintain social distancing.
The United States is the host country of the United Nations, which is headquartered in New York City. The U.S. is also the largest single funder of the organization’s work.
“It is hard to grasp the remarkable evolution of the United Nations over the last 75 years,” said U.S. Deputy U.N.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has been critical of the U.N., withdrawing funding and cooperation from several of its agencies, including the World Health Organization and the Human Rights Council.
“The 75th anniversary of the U.N. is the right time to ask questions about the institution’s strengths and weaknesses, review and learn from its failures, and celebrate its accomplishments,” she said.