UN General Assembly urged to adopt more decisive role in peace-making and peace-keeping

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21 September is International Day of Peace

The United Nations General Assembly has been urged to adopt a more decisive role in peace-making and peace-keeping.

The call came from the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas on Thursday.

Mr. de Zayas also called for a more proactive role for the United Nations Secretary-General in early warning.

In a statement issued ahead of the International Day of Peace, observed on 21 September, the expert says "the United Nations is the best hope to spare humanity of the barbarity of war, from senseless death, destruction and dislocation it brings about."

"It is time for the UN General Assembly, as the most representative world body, to voice the international community's rejection of war and war-mongering" Mr. de Zayas added.

He stressed that the UN General Assembly needs to be reinvigorated "so that it can exercise a more decisive role in peace-making and peace-keeping, consistent with the will of the international community".

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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