Asserting that the world stands at a transformative moment, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has said that a dispassionate scrutiny and reform of all multilateral entities were needed to make them purpose-built for the current times and representative of this century.
Addressing a virtual ministerial meeting of Alliance for Multilateralism yesterday, Dr Jaishankar said, it is an empirical fact that every process and institution must evolve to meet the needs of its time. He said, no institution, howsoever important, can remain frozen at the moment of its foundation.
The Minister said, this is why India continue to call for reformed multilateralism – one that is relevant for the age in which we live, not when this architecture was erected. Dr Jaishankar said, the world is facing a two-pronged attack of a pandemic and misinformation going viral.
The Minister said, the pandemic has devastated the globalised economic system, apart from taking a toll of over 4 lakh lives and it has fundamentally affected the way people live. He said, suspicion of human interaction is fuelled, more often than not, by fake news, wrong information and targeted disinformation.
Dr Jaishankar asserted that the way forward to address both the challenges is similar and said that there is a need to strengthen the belief in scientific approaches. He said, we must set aside politics and focus on facts. Dr Jaishankar said, as Chair of the WHO Executive Board, India is ready to work towards these goals.
The “Alliance for Multilateralism” launched by the French and German foreign ministers ,is an informal network of countries united in their conviction that a rules-based multilateral order is the only reliable guarantee for international stability and peace.