His Excellency Mr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi

Statement Summary

MOKGWEETSI E.K. MASISI, President of Botswana, expressed appreciation to the current and past generations who contributed towards making the United Nations the universal and representative multilateral body it has become.  The COVID‑19 pandemic is a tacit reminder that the international community needs to continue to work together, to defeat not only the pandemic, but all other tribulations confronting humanity today.  Voicing regret that protracted armed conflicts continue to ravage some parts of the world, he said that decolonization and self-determination of all peoples should remain high on the agenda.  Further, given the growing retreat from multilateralism, it is vital that the Organization be fit for purpose.