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Foreign Minister Calls for Multilateral System Reform at Summit of the Future Preparatory Meeting

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VOInews, Jakarta: Indonesia hopes that the Summit of the Future meeting can provide real and concrete results. For this reason, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi considers the importance of reforming the multilateral architecture is currently very important to do. This was conveyed when attending the Summit of the Future (SoTF) Preparatory Ministerial Meeting held on the sidelines of the High Level Week of the 78th UN General Assembly Session in New York, Thursday (21/9/2-23).

On that occasion, he emphasized the importance of the SoTF meeting to ensure peace for all. According to her, peace can only be achieved if there is a strong peace infrastructure.

"The peace infrastructure includes: consistent adherence to the UN Charter and international law; commitment to peaceful conflict resolution; strong multilateral cooperation; inclusive regional cooperation; reform of the UN Security Council to be more transparent, democratic, and effective; and maintaining peace through strengthening PKO," she said.

Retno also emphasized the importance of ensuring prosperity for all. Retno emphasized that the world needs a multilateral trading system that is open, fair and non-discriminatory, that respects the right to development of developing countries, that hears the voices and interests of developing countries, and that is inclusive of the global financial system.

Furthermore, the Minister added that the multilateral trading system must promote a green and sustainable economy with a large role for technology and innovation. The multilateral trading system must also be able to create a resilient global economy, among others through strengthening the global health architecture, food and energy security, financial stability and the digital economy.

In closing, the Indonesian Foreign Minister reiterated that the Pact of the Future must ensure peace and prosperity for all, and must ensure a better multilateral architecture.

"This joint effort must be based on the principles of collaboration, solidarity, and win- win solutions," she said.

The Summit of the Future is a high-level conference to be held in 2024 with the aim of strengthening multilateral cooperation and promoting global consensus to address current and future challenges. The Summit of the Future Preparatory Ministerial Meeting was attended by Ministers from UN member states. (VOI/Andy)

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