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Guterres was awarded the José Aparecido de Oliveira prize by the CPLP on Monday. Photo: Lusa
United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, on Monday said the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) was one of the UN’s “main pillars of support” and highlighted the role of multilateralism in confronting “enormous risks” worldwide.
Guterres, who was awarded the José Aparecido de Oliveira prize by the CPLP on Monday, said the recognition reflected the “determination of CPLP members” in confronting “enormous risks” around the world, from climate change to terrorism and the impacts of technological progress.
The international community’s response to those risks should be taken through “multilateral order,” rather than through isolationism, he said during the ceremony, which took place at the CPLP headquarters in Portugal’s capital Lisbon.
Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister, also lamented that there had been what he referred to as an “erosion” of international relations, translating into “distrust” among states and its people.
He said the CPLP had “exceptional conditions” to “build bridges” and to be a messenger of international order and said the award worth €30,000 would be handed over to the Portuguese Refugee Council for their “generous” role in protecting refugees.
Guterres was sworn in as the ninth United Nations Secretary-General in December 2016, pledging to help build peace.Source: Lusa
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