"Increased investment and trust" in UN needed to "deliver"

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An "increased investment and trust" on the part of Member States is needed for the UN to "continue to deliver".

That's according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his final submission on the work of the Organization, as he steps down after ten years in the top job.

Priyanka Shankar has more.

The UN chief said that as he prepares to leave office at the end of December, the UN had "more political missions and peacekeepers deployed in more – and more dangerous – locations than ever before".

In his written report submitted to the General Assembly on Wednesday, he added that never before had the UN's humanitarian caseload been so large, and more people were displaced than at any time since its foundation in 1945.

But he also hailed the adoption of "bold new agreements" on sustainable development, the SDGs, and the Paris Agreement on climate change, saying the UN now had a more ambitious agenda than ever.

The present scale and complexity of its operations were "unprecedented" he said, even as it grappled with limited resources.

Therefore, he added, Member States need to help his successor with great resources and trust, in order to get the job done.

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations.

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