Her Excellency Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi
RETNO LESTARI PRIANSARI MARSUDI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, said the United Nations has stood the test of time, but global challenges are escalating, demonstrated by the COVID‑19 pandemic. Countries have higher expectations of the Organization to strengthen collective global leadership and deliver concrete results. Yet, multilateral institutions are struggling to respond, and this trend must not continue. The anniversary is a test for the United Nations to enhance its relevance and manage the world’s expectations. The United Nations system must deliver, beyond rhetoric, and its programmes must be meaningful and effective, including the pandemic response. It must also remain fit for purpose and better able to anticipate the future, which requires a United Nations that is efficient in adapting to a changing world. Indonesia continues to believe in the virtue of multilateralism and the Organization’s role as the primary platform to address global challenges.