CNC FOCUS: Exclusive interview with UNOG chief

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Added On January 22, 2020

DU YANG, CNC Correspondent

"From your point of view, why does multilateralism still matter to the world at this moment?"
 
 
TATIANA VALOVAYA, Director-General of UNOG
"Well it matters, I would say, more than it mattered before, because look at the challenges we are having. They are very different - technological challenges, scientific challenges, economic, social, climate challenge, geopolitical challenges, and all these challenges have one thing in common - these are global challenges and global challenges need global solutions, but how can you find global solutions? These global solutions can't be unilateral. It can’t come from one or even two or three or five places in the world. It should really be a multilateral solution which is carried out by all the member states of the United Nations. So we need multilateralism today much more, I would say than we needed it before, and of course it's paradoxical when we need multilateral cooperation, global solutions more than ever, quite often multilateralism is under attack. So we here in the United Nations are trying to use this global conversation exactly to build up this global support for multilateralism, for developing it, to have a modern multilateralism fit for the 21st century."
 
DU YANG, CNC Correspondent
"The World Economic Forum annual meeting 2020 is just around the corner. As you will be attending it, what are the topics that will be discussed in the coming forum that concern you the most?"
 
TATIANA VALOVAYA, Director-General of UNOG
"Well, there are lots of topics which are going to be discussed and Davos Forum is also celebrating anniversary this year. I think one thing that we all have to concentrate and it is echoed in the agenda of the forum, it's the Sustainable Development Goals, because  Sustainable Development Goals for us, for the humanity is the first ever common road map that the humanity has, because we have the agreement of all the member states of the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals are our common goals. So this is a crucial agenda and we are now entering the decade of action because our goal is to reach these goals by 2030. And honestly, the secretary general said during the general assembly that we are still off the track but we can still make the goals if we double our efforts. So for redoubling our efforts and to reach  Sustainable Development Goals, we really have to build partnerships. We have to build the partnerships between the countries; we have to build the partnerships with international organizations, or the United Nations systems, and not only. We have to build partnerships with private sector, with non-governmental organisations, with experts, academia, universities, etc.. So Davos, I think will be the place, we’ll discuss in-depth the possibility of building partnerships and bringing sustainable development goals closer."