UN chief calls for improved cooperation with regional organizations to resolve global crises

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Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has to work harder with regional and sub-regional organizations to swiftly respond to global crises and prevent outbreaks of conflicts in the long-term.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Tuesday as it discussed cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and security.

Mr. Ban said that he has seen first-hand the value of cooperation between the UN and these organizations across the globe.

"Staff exchanges have created networks that help us respond to evolving situations on the ground. Joint mediation deployments, training and capacity-building have enabled us to build common understanding and present a united front. However, there is always room for improvement. We are better at sharing information and analysis on brewing crises, but we have to work harder on swift response and long-term prevention." (29")

The Secretary-General called for more innovative and flexible partnership arrangements that draw on the respective strengths of the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations to resolve crises.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’16″

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