UN has to move beyond the role of a "talk shop"

Joseph Deiss

Joseph Deiss

A more flexible and innovative United Nations is necessary to avoid being seen as merely a "talk shop" producing decisions with no real impact.

That's according to the General Assembly President, Joseph Deiss, who was speaking during a debate in New York on strengthening the role of the UN globally.

Mr Deiss said changes need to be made in order for the 192 member General Assembly to remain a central institution for global governance.

"In order to ensure that the United Nations remains relevant to the world in 2025 and beyond, we have to learn the lessons of the past 60 years and implement the requisite reforms. We must dare to be flexible and innovative in order to ensure that working methods are efficient."

Mr. Deiss said countries had to look beyond national positions and seek the common good.

If nothing is done, he concludes, the UN could risk losing ground to smaller and more "agile" groups that could upstage the organization.

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