Security Council debate highlights value of UN's partnerships with EU, regional bodies

Regional organizations are building blocks for global governance, according to Catherine Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union.

Catherine Ashton

Catherine Ashton

Ms Ashton spoke in the Security Council during its periodic review of cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations.

She said that security, development, democracy, good governance and respect for human rights are all inter-linked goals that must be pursued “in concert or none will succeed.”

Similarly, she added, climate change has a real impact on vulnerable people and places and hence to global peace and security, stressing that these issues cannot be tackled by “fragmented approaches.”

“Regional organizations are building blocks for global governance, with a dual responsibility – first, a responsibility to enhance security, development and human rights in their own region, and second, to support UN efforts to promote these goals around the world.”

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