Amidst the talk of the weakening of multilateralism in this age of disrupting political shifts across the world, and the worrying effects of climate change, the role of the United Nations has never been more important or its relevancy more testing to maintain. The UN institution remains unparalleled in the world as an inter-governmental organisation that has the clout and legitimacy to lead on international conventions and interventions that respond to pressing human needs. A kaleidoscope of actors, however, continue to question the raison d’ètre of multilateral institutions, and claim that the work of these structures has left them behind and worse off, while seeking only to serve a global elite. The late former secretary General Kofi Annan rightly said in 2000 that “if we are to capture the promises of globalisation while managing its adverse effects, we must learn to govern better, and must learn how better to govern together”. Despite the progress lead by the UN on numerous development goals and its continuing work on SDGs, the UN needs to establish and strengthen its leadership on the merits of multilateralism, and ensure its engagement with grassroots communities and actors whom include people of faith and religion.

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