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THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE 74TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TIJJANI MUHAMMAD-BANDE BANGED THE GAVEL TO OPEN HIS YEAR IN OFFICE.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019

Noting that in today's rapidly changing word, "challengesare global and increasingly interlinked", the Secretary-General noted that theOrganization would be celebrating its 75th birthday. And because people have "profound" expectations of the UN, Mr. Guterres, expressed his concern over the "trust deficit between nations", maintaining that there is a pressing need toconvince people that it is "relevant to all and that multilateralism offers real solutions to global challenges".

"Transparency, dialogue and greater understanding areessential to alleviating mistrust", he spelled out, calling the Assembly "aunique and indispensable forum" for the world to come together and discuss "sensitive and important issues".

He stressed the importance of "strong and effectivemultilateral institutions and architecture", and international relations thatare based on international law. In closing he wished the session success in itswork towards achieving "our common goals of peace, prosperity and opportunityfor all on a healthy planet."
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