UN must find "greater coherence and consistency" to build peace

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN must bring "greater coherence and consistency" to the process of building and maintaining peace in a conflict-ridden world.

That's the view of Secretary-General António Guterres, writing in Newsweek magazine on Monday, describing the "greatest shortcoming" of the international community as "its failure to prevent conflict and maintain global security."

Matthew Wells has more.

Outlining his vision for how the United Nations needs to adapt and change during his period in charge, the UN chief said he was calling for a "surge in diplomacy for peace".

Where wars rage already, "we need mediation, arbitration and creative diplomacy" backed by a Security Council whose members are prepared to "live up to their responsibilities" he added.

He said that he personally and the UN at large would engage in conflict resolution "wherever and whenever we can add value."

For the organization itself, he said it was "time for us to recognize shortcomings and reform the way we work."

Too often UN peacekeepers face "an impossible task" he said in countries still at war, and "urgent reforms" were needed to create a continuum through to peacebuilding and economic development.

Internal reforms were needed to make the UN more people centred and less bureaucratic, but Mr Guterres added that it was also time for the leaders of Member States "to listen and show that they care about their own people and about the global stability and solidarity on which we all depend."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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