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Commitment to Multilateralism

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As the key issues on the global agenda impact all states, it follows logically that cooperation among states is essential to their solutions, and indeed for global order. Organizations such as the Commonwealth, the European Union, the Organization of American States and numerous others can be considered to explicitly accept the internationalism of issues of common concern and multilateralism as the means of addressing them. There has been considerable discussion in recent times about unilateralism, particularly in the wake of the military action in Iraq, which the United Nations Security Council did not authorize, but to which it also never objected. The United Nations is the world's premier multilateral organization. New perspectives, new ways of doing business are sorely needed, if the United Nations is to be effective in a world that is growing ever more complex and challenging. In short, it requires renewed commitment to multilateralism.

Keywords: international affairs; international organization; multilateralism; unilateralism; United Nations



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