UN: UN official stresses need for UN to be more relevant, more credible

New York, US (PANA) - UN General Assembly President, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, on Tuesday said that the UN must become more relevant, more credible, more legitimate and more capable, in order to respond to current and future threats to world peace and security.

Speaking at the opening of the UN’s High Level Thematic Debate on Peace and Security in New York, Mr. Lykketoft challenged UN member states to identify specific steps, including for the next UN Secretary-General, to make that happen.

He noted that "with violence and instability across the Middle East and North Africa, violations of international humanitarian law, terrorism, and women and children suffering from sexual violence in conflict, it is clear that the UN today remains insufficiently equipped to meet its overriding 1945 objective, which is to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war."

"Today, 70 years later, we reflect on the times the UN has succeeded and failed in meeting that objective and we look to determine how it can do better.

"On this 70th anniversary year, however, following the recent reviews on peace building, peace operations and women, peace and security, we have an opportunity to fundamentally change this reality, and thankfully we are in a good moment for multi-lateralism," he stated.

The UN official said the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change provide UN member states with a framework to advance a more peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable world.

Mr. Lykketoft said: "When it comes to maintaining international peace and security, the UN has to be relevant for major, regional and small powers alike, and we must build on this momentum and respond to the overarching challenges identified by the reviews."

He urged the next UN Secretary General and member states to focus on four specific areas that emerge from the reviews.

They are prevention is better than cure, the need for political solutions to inform every aspect of the UN’s approach to sustaining peace and preventing violent extremism, and a gender equality perspective to ensure that women are more involved in both preventing and resolving conflicts.

Others are the need for the UN to give greater attention to securing partnerships with regional organizations and actors, find ways to provide opportunities for greater involvement to those member states who wish to help, and the need to be better organized and equipped to deal with new and emerging threats such as terrorism, cyber crime, climate change and epidemics.

Quoting Albert Einstein’s comment that "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding", the UN Assembly President said he hoped the two-day High Level Thematic Debate and the preparatory work conducted by academics, think tanks and civil society will help advance a common understanding that enables the UN, now and into the
future, to deliver on its mission.

PANA in New York reports that the two-day thematic debate with the theme: "In a World of Risks: A New Commitment for Peace and Security", was convened by the President of the UN General Assembly to assess and review UN mechanism on global peace and security.
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