World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Reformed UN Could Be Even More Effective

Reformed UN Could Be Even More Effective In Preventing Global Threats – Fréchette

The United Nations is a more effective prevention instrument than many realize, but with reform, it can be far more useful in fighting poverty, promoting human rights, stopping the spread of illicit weapons and keeping violence in check, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said today in Stockholm.

A strengthened United Nations – with targeted development activities, a renewed human rights machinery and improved peacebuilding capabilities – will be a far more effective tool for saving future generations from the scourge of war, Ms. Fréchette said according to the text of an address to a seminar co-organized by Norway and Sweden on “Conflict prevention and resolution: challenges and changes for the United Nations.”

“Prevention of armed conflict by peaceful means is the cheapest most effective way to promote international peace and security,” Ms. Fréchette told the seminar, which was convened in connection with the preparations for the General Assembly’s summit-level review this September of the Millennium Declaration.

And while there was no blueprint for effective preventive action in every situation, and no single reform would ensure that all such actions would be effective, she said that it was a simple fact that “conflict is expensive, in both money and lives, while prevention is cheap.”

Ms. Fréchette noted that recent studies suggested that the overall cost of what the World Bank has termed “low income countries under stress” runs to some $82 billion per country. “This is more than the world’s entire aid budget,” she said.

“For all its weaknesses, the UN is able to bring a range of capacities to bear – from mediation through humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping to support for elections and reconstruction – and we can do it all in a framework of international legitimacy,” she said.

To strengthen that framework, Secretary-General Kofi Anan has asked Member States to consider an agenda of major policy commitments and far-reaching institutional reforms for decision at the September summit.

His report, “In Larger Freedom,” calls for action on three inter-related fronts: development, security and human rights. Ms. Fréchette said that nearly every recommendation in the report would, if acted on, contribute to the overall goal of preventing latent threats from becoming imminent, and imminent threats from becoming actual ones.

“If [world leaders] summon the political will to make bold decisions on development, security and human rights, our world will not only be freer, but also safer and more secure.”

She reiterated that prevention paid for itself many times over. And though effective, a reformed United Nations could be even better at such tasks – in the long-term efforts to fight poverty and promote human rights, head off terrorism and the proliferation of both small arms and weapons of mass destruction, and stopping violence from erupting, spreading and recurring.

“That may require a modest investment of resources – but is truly a case where an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” she said.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>



Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC