"No one wants a world government – but we must work together to improve world governance," Guterres said at the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) rostrum ahead of virtual speeches by world leaders.
"In an interconnected world, we need a networked multilateralism, in which the United Nations family, international financial institutions, regional organizations, trading blocs and others work together more closely and effectively," Guterres said.
"We also need an inclusive multilateralism, drawing on civil society, cities, businesses, local authorities and young people."
Some 180 leaders have been invited to offer speeches by video of just up to three minutes.
On Tuesday, the annual UNGA opens, with leaders set to deliver broader speeches but virtually.
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