International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is observed on 24th April. The day aims to disseminate the advantages of multilateralism and diplomacy for peace through educational and public awareness-raising activities. To commemorate and promote the day, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) convenes a one-day high-level plenary meeting.
History-International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace: UNGA officially proclaimed the observation of the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace on 24 April. It passed a resolution A/RES/73/127 and designated the observation of the day.
The move by the UN aims to preserve values of multilateralism and international cooperation as it is fundamental to promote and support the three pillars of the UN namely Peace and Security, Development, and Human Rights. These values highlight the principles of the UN Charter and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also acknowledges the use of multilateral decision-making and diplomacy in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflicts among nations. The first official International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace was observed on 24 April 2019.
The world is facing the biggest international challenge since the Second World War- The COVID-19 pandemic. The UN urged its member countries across the world to draw the appropriate lessons about the vulnerabilities and inequalities and mobilize investments in education, health systems, social protection, and resilience.