President Santokhi Addresses UN General Assembly, Urges Global Action
21 September 2023
President Chandrikapersad Santokhi of Suriname delivered a compelling speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20th, focusing on pressing global issues and the need for collective action.
President Santokhi emphasized the lack of substantial progress in achieving peace, prosperity, and climate stability worldwide since his previous addresses to the UN. He called for a new form of multilateralism that unites nations and respects international law.
The Surinamese President urged world leaders to put aside ideological differences, prioritize shared global goals, and uphold international principles. He highlighted the impact of crises on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for climate action.
President Santokhi discussed Suriname's commitment to environmental sustainability while developing oil and gas resources and called for climate financing and compensation for forested countries.
In conclusion, President Santokhi urged collective efforts to create a more resilient and inclusive world, emphasizing the importance of recommitting to the original goals of the United Nations Charter.