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The UN’s Existential Crisis

Far from bolstering multilateralism, COVID-19 has revealed a world of nation-states locked into a destructive zero-sum contest. The United Nations' upcoming 75th anniversary thus risks being remembered as the moment when a lethal virus destroyed the very idea of our common humanity.

NEW DELHI – On October 24, the United Nations will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding in 1945, when the historic UN Charter entered into force. Sadly, the organization will do so at a time when multilateralism has never seemed more in peril.