The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) organizes yearly sessions that bring together global leaders, diplomats, and members of civil society to engage in discussions about urgent global matters. The 78th session in September 2023 is notable for its ambitious ‘Agenda for Change.’ In the face of many global problems, Pakistan is poised to assume a constructive role within the international community, demonstrating its commitment to promoting global harmony and sustainable development.
The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held significant importance beyond its customary nature as an annual convening. Member nations’ adoption of the ‘Agenda for Change’ demonstrated their dedication to reevaluating their priorities, adjusting to emerging problems, and revitalizing the worldwide approach to peace, security, and development. Amid escalating geopolitical tensions, mounting environmental crises, and the aftermath of global health emergency, the imperative of initiating substantive.
The ‘Agenda for Change’ recognized the urgency of mitigating the environmental crises, and stepping up efforts to achieve the targets set in international agreements, strengthening diplomatic efforts to resolve longstanding disputes, and preventing new conflicts. Promoting inclusive growth that addresses economic, health, and educational disparities. Furthermore, it upholds the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and addresses instances of its violation fairly and rigorously.
Pakistan, a significant member of the UN, profoundly influenced the discussions and outcomes of the 78th session. The country’s contributions marked a spirit of cooperation, vision, and deep commitment to global peace and justice. Pakistan’s historical position on global peace and security will be re-emphasized during the UNGA 78.
The nation will reiterate the importance of resolving disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. Pakistan’s advocacy for peaceful resolutions highlighted its commitment to regional stability, particularly in South Asia.
As a country deeply affected by climate change, Pakistan championed sustainable environmental initiatives. Its efforts in tree planting, water conservation, and renewable energy sources will be shared as replicable models for other developing nations. The country’s active participation in discussions around global environmental agreements showcases its dedication to a healthier planet. Pakistan’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is evident in its national policies and discourse at the UNGA. The country pushes for more significant international cooperation, knowledge sharing, and financial assistance for developing countries. This advocacy aims to ensure that all nations can achieve sustainable growth regardless of their economic status.
In line with its historical commitment to justice and human rights, Pakistan called for the cessation of rights abuses worldwide. The country urged the international community to pay heed to marginalized communities’ plight and act against oppressors with decisive measures.
Pakistan has been a longstanding proponent of UN reforms. The nation believes in a restructured and rejuvenated UN that truly represents the aspirations of all its member states. The government has reaffirmed its commitment to multilateralism to tackle global concerns. With its diplomatic outreach strategy, which emphasizes conversation and mutual respect, the entity is well-positioned to strengthen its position in international relations and cultivate connections across different continents.
Pakistan will emphasize the need for fair trade and economic collaborations in the continuously changing global environment. The nation will be calling for promoting South-South cooperation and urged wealthier nations to support emerging economies through investments, trade concessions and technology transfers. These endeavors will play a crucial role in attaining worldwide economic stability and prosperity. Furthermore, Pakistan will be highlighting the significance of technology in driving change. Recognizing the transformative power of digital tools, Pakistan will be supporting increased investments in technology, improve education, and drive economic growth.
The nation’s focus on technological inclusion will demonstrate its desire for a future where everyone can actively participate in the digital sphere.
Pakistan will be championing the idea of cultural diplomacy as a bridge between nations. The country emphasized the role of art, music, literature, and sports in fostering mutual understanding and diminishing prejudices. Pakistan aims to sow the seeds of lasting friendships and strengthen its cultural ties globally by promoting people-to-people contacts.
The UNGA’s 78th session served as a reminder that while challenges are aplenty, so being the solutions when nations come together. Pakistan’s proactive and positive role reaffirms its commitment to the ideals of the United Nations and showcases its readiness to contribute constructively to global discourse. Following the session, as nations embark on the journey of translating promises into action, it is heartening to see countries like Pakistan taking the lead. With its multifaceted approach encompassing diplomacy, technology, economy, and culture, Pakistan is shaping its future and contributing to a collective vision of global harmony and prosperity. The 78th UNGA session, with the ‘Agenda for Change,’ will set the tone for a future built on collaboration, understanding, and mutual growth. With its aspirations and actions, Pakistan stands as a beacon of hope, reiterating that when nations come together with shared visions, a brighter, inclusive, and sustainable future is within reach.
Research Scholar and Academic; Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Pisa, Italy. Dr. Usman has participated in various national and international conferences and published 30 research articles in international journals.