Manila, 24 October 2022 (TDI): The Philippines joined the rest of the world to celebrate 77 years of the United Nations (UN). On the occasion of UN day 2022, Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo released a video message.

In his message, he said 77 years ago the Southeast Asian country along with 50 other countries came together to establish the United Nations organizations.

It was made to overcome the conflicts, crises, and disasters that jeopardize the peace and stability of the world. He said the UN organization was born out of humanity’s collective desire to overcome crises and calamities of all types after World War 2.

He further emphasized the need to build a peaceful, prosperous and united world. Global challenges such as climate change, food security, & economic instability, worsening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and intensifying Geopolitical conflicts and tension have created serious security concerns.

He reaffirmed the statement of the Philippines’ President, Ferdinand R. Marcos recently at UNGA. He mentioned that his country needed the United Nations to work together towards solutions.

Moving ahead he further added that throughout the years the Philippines has been an active member and staunch advocate of the values and ideals of the UN.

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In this vein, the Philippines always supported the sovereign equality of states and peaceful resolution of disputes.  Moreover, he mentioned that the Philippines will always stand for equal rights for women and men, inclusive social development, the rule of law, and justice for all.

Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo stressed the Philippines’ role in the UN as a bridge builder and champion of vulnerable groups such as children, and migrants, as well as the interest of developing and underdeveloped countries.

Along these lines, he reiterated that contemporary challenges in the world bring opportunities for countries to forge international cooperation upon which the UN was founded.

In this context, the Philippines is committed to upholding the principles of the UN to strengthen partnerships with other members to work for peace, stability, and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

At the commemoration of the UN, the Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs also committed to advancing the Philippines’ role to ensure a better, peaceful, and sustainable future for the people.