Time for new era of collaboration, cooperation and action from world body: Ban

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World leaders have been urged to address emerging crises before they become bigger and costlier for all.

The call was made by the UN Secretary-General on Thursday during the Security Council's open debate on conflict prevention.

He said with the surge of violent crises around the world, the United Nations needs to re-examine and refine its approach to preventing conflicts.

One of his core priorities as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon underscored, is to improve the organization's ability to act early and act preventively.

It's time for a new era of collaboration, cooperation and action from the Security Council, Mr Ban added.

"When Member States join forces, we can achieve much. This Council's consensus on removing chemical weapons from Syria is one recent case in point. Even modest United Nations actions can have an important impact when we have the Security Council's united support – speaking with one voice – for early engagement. However, when there is limited consensus – when our actions come late and address only the lowest common denominator – the consequences can be measured in terrible loss of life, grave human suffering and tremendous loss of credibility for this Council and our institution."

The most important challenge for now, the UN chief noted, is to improve the Council's ability to reach a stronger and earlier consensus.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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