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Need for strong regional mechanism to boost multi-lateral governance, inclusiveness: FM

Need for strong regional mechanism to boost multi-lateral governance, inclusiveness: FM

Jelili Opadijo
Doha
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani has stressed the need to strengthen regional mechanism to address multi-lateral governance and promote inclusiveness.
Participating in the plenary session ‘Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World’ at Doha Forum on Saturday, the minister said proper analysis should be made to assess some of the previous mechanisms that worked well and those that failed.
He said, “After the World War II, we believe the world has changed and the world order since that time and the establishment of the United Nations has shown that some of the mechanisms have worked and some didn’t work. I think we need to take a step back to assess what worked and how we can improve it and what didn’t work and how we can address it.
“There are three things that we need to focus on. For all states, sovereignty needs to be respected, national and international interests need to be protected while striking balance between national and international interests, and third, all countries and all the parties should be engaged in the same manner towards prosperity and development.”
While giving example of the African Union as a successful regional mechanism, the minister said the Middle East mechanism did not work.
He also emphasised that the world has seen shift from conventional warfare to cyber war and economic manipulation.
Asked about what Qatar is doing to reduce impact of its energy production on climate, Sheikh Mohammed said, “We believe that there are different ways to correct the impact of carbon emission. We have made it part of our agenda to reduce its impact and ensure that our activities are not affecting the environment. We promote environment-friendly approach and work with like-minded countries for our voice to be heard.
On his part, Chairperson of the African Union Mousa faki Mahamat bemoaned the lack of African representation in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
He claimed that about 60 to 70 percent of issues being discussed by the UNSC affect African nations.
He stressed that global governance must change to promote peace and stability among people.
Asked about the recent approach of the US President Donald Trump pulling back from international responsibilities and focusing on the US, Jane Herman, director, president and CEO of Wilson Center, said the approach is not working well for the country.
She urged the leadership of the country not to retreat, but rather revive relations, promote inclusiveness and be more humble.
She said America should see China and Russia as strategic competitors and not as enemies. President of World Economic Forum Borge Brende said there is no alternative to multi-lateralism.
The session was moderated by Director of Chatham House Dr Robin Niblett.

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