Without UN, past 70 years would have been "bloodier"

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The past seven decades would have been bloodier without the existence of the United Nations.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates during a Security Council debate on Monday.

Organized by China, the discussions focused on reaffirming the world's commitment to the UN Charter signed in San Francisco back in 1945.

Stephanie Castro has the story.

2015 marks 70 years since the creation of the UN.

The anniversary finds an organization with major achievements to its credit, Ban K-moon underscored, but also multiple crises on its agenda.

"The United Nations was founded to prevent another world war, and it has succeeded in that. Despite the recurrence of genocide and repeated outbreaks of armed conflict, the past seven decades would surely have been even bloodier without the United Nations."

Terrorism and extremism have emerged as serious transnational threats, the Secretary-General also warned.

Meanwhile, domestic challenges like public health, environmental degradation and climate change, are becoming more global in nature.

The UN must be willing to act before situations deteriorate and cannot afford to be indifferent, he urged.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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