U.N. head claims more power is needed to stop war
(TRUNEWS) The head of the U.N. General Assembly said that the body is not meeting its goal to stop war.
The United Nations was formed in 1945, after World War II, to promote international cooperation and peace. It is made up of 193 member countries.
Mogens Lykketoft talked about the problem during a meeting, where he cited the violence in the Middle East and Africa and how many humanitarian laws are broken, according to ABC News. Terrorism is another big concern.
He also expressed optimism but said the U.N. needs more power.
“We have a very good opportunity to fundamentally change this reality,” Lykketoft said.
Between 2007 and 2014, the number of wars has almost tripled and the fighting has become more complicated.
Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson claims 125 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, with 80 percent going without adequate food or health care. There will be a meeting in Istanbul later this month to address the issue.
He said the priority needs to be in finding long-term political solutions and preventing conflicts from starting.
“Can there be any more telling sign of our collective failure to give priority to prevention than the present deep crisis of conflict and displacement, the massive movement of refugees around the world, with its political and human repercussions?” Eliasson said.
This year, more than 414 people have died in terror attacks, which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee said is the result of not having enough dialogue.
“One way I think we leaders of this world have turned our world upside down is by making this singular mistake — and the mistake is attempting to fight fire with fire,” she said. “The increased militarism … has brought us to where we find ourselves today. Billions have been spent on war, and tiny amounts of money on dialogue.”
The former president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono believes global warming is a big concern, and that the U.N. needs to play a bigger role in stopping it.
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