Comment: Covid-19 crisis is the greatest test of global solidarity in generations

As the world tries to recover from the pandemic while facing the ongoing threat of climate change, multilateral cooperation is more important than ever

‘We are determined to work together, with and within the United Nations, to tackle the global challenges we face now and in the future’

In September 2000, 189 countries signed the Millennium Declaration, shaping the principles of international cooperation for a new era of progress toward common goals. Emerging from the Cold War, we were confident about our capacity to build a multilateral order capable of tackling the big challenges of the time: hunger and extreme poverty, environmental degradation, diseases, economic shocks, and the prevention of conflicts.

In September 2015, all countries again committed to an ambitious agenda to ...