GENERAL ASSEMBLY SIXTY-FOURTH SESSION
H.E.MR. BORIS TADIC PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
New York, 25 September 2009
"President of the General Assembly,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The United Nations is the only universal institution that unites us as a global community of independent states. At the very heart of this indispensable Organization stands the General Assembly—the only place in the world where the sovereign voices of all countries are given an equal, legitimate say in the future course of mankind.
Safeguarding the UN Charter's principles remains much more important than the policies of any single nation, especially in transformative periods, such as this one. For the international system seems to be undergoing a paradigm shift—in many ways comparable in scope to 1945 and 1989.
No one is yet able to reliably predict how deep the change will turn out to be. What is becoming evident is that interrelated factors—the latest one being the global economic crisis—have expedited the arrival of a new set of circumstances onto the world stage. A broad repositioning appears to be taking place. The global balance of power is shifting, as new financial models compete for primacy. All in all, international relations are becoming less predictable to forecast.