At Arab League Summit, Guterres reaffirms strong link between UN and people of Arab world

League of Arab Nations / Video screengrab United Nations Secretary-General delivers his remarks remarks to the Summit of the League of Arab States, Tunis, 31 March 2019.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


Attending the Summit of the League of Arab States in Tunis, Tunisia, on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, recognized the critical importance of the region on the international stage and called for even stronger cooperation between the UN and the Arab States.

“North Africa and the Middle East are home to remarkable dynamism and potential. It is a region long-striving to build peace and prosperity.  I believe it is vital for this region to assume that destiny,” he told the room filled with dozens of political leaders from the 22 League Member States. “The United Nations has no other agenda than to support those aspirations in a spirit of solidarity and unity.”

Citing the many contributions that the Arab world made to global civilization throughout history, he also expressed admiration for the way many Arab countries are “extending remarkable hospitality to wave upon wave of refugees in a context where, unfortunately, many other borders [are] closing.”

The Secretary-General went on to highlight the “turbulent winds” that have affected the region, from “the wars in Yemen and Syria”, to “the rise and fall of Daesh” and “the persistent denial of the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people”.

“I strongly appeal for the unity of the Arab world as a fundamental condition for peace and prosperity in the region, and to avoid leaving the region vulnerable to interference by foreign parties with destabilizing effects,” he said, calling for a regional vision rooted in cooperation, respect and mutual interest.

Mr. Guterres mentioned the need to “untangle the Gordian knot of insecurity, allow no space for sectarianism, and deliver the peace, stability and effective, responsive governance that the people of the region deserve.” He also emphasized the need “to create jobs and economic opportunities, to uphold human rights for all, advance gender equality and women’s empowerment and promote the rule of law, diversity, fundamental freedoms and democratic values”.

Four imperatives to fight the ‘turbulent winds’

The UN chief then spoke of four specific issues in the region that could benefit from a comprehensive regional approach, starting with the imperative for a two-State solution, for Israel and Palestine, “living side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, and with Jerusalem (Al-Quds) as capital of both States”.

“There is no Plan B: without two states, there is no solution,” he stressed, noting that the ongoing violence in Gaza is a tragic reminder of the fragility of the situation.

The second specific issue the UN chief mentioned is the conflict in Yemen: “Following last December’s breakthrough in Stockholm, we continue to work closely with the parties to achieve progress towards the redeployment of forces in Hudaydah and the opening of humanitarian corridors on the way to a political solution for Yemen.”

Third, regarding the eight-year long conflict in Libya, he hailed the recent progress towards building political consensus for convening the National Conference. “I am hopeful that further progress can be achieved with a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process with the support of the international community within the framework of the UN Action Plan,” noting it is “high time that Libya achieves unified institutions and concludes the transitional stages with general elections.”

Finally, he mentioned that, as “millions of Syrians remain displaced and in need, and tens of thousands are arbitrarily detained…we must keep working to forge a political path to a sustainable peace in which all Syrians are heard, grievances are addressed, and needs are met.”

“Any resolution of the Syrian conflict must guarantee the unity, the territorial integrity of Syria, including the occupied Golan,” he stressed.

For an even stronger UN-Arab States cooperation

“The Arab Region and its people have made enormous sacrifices to fight terrorism – and have paid the highest price for this,” said the UN Secretary-General, assuring that “the United Nations is stepping up support for the efforts of the Arab States in this struggle.”

He announced that the UN will soon open a new Liaison Office to the League of Arab States in Cairo to work together on important matters such as improving the living conditions for Iraqis, and support stability in Lebanon.

“Let us work ever closer together to unleash the full potential of this vital region, respond to the aspirations of youth and build a better future for all,” the UN chief concluded.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Fit for Future platform selects EU initiatives for simplification and modernisation

Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council

The “Legend of the Sun” wishes you Happy Chinese New Year 2015 from Brussels

Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops in Zanzibar, a year on from deadly DR Congo attacks

Crop yields are up in Syria, but higher prices still cause major strain: new UN report

EuroLat: serious concern about migration and support to multilateral trade

19th EU-China Summit: A historical advance in the Chino-European rapprochement

This is how Middle Eastern retailers can keep up with e-commerce

FROM THE FIELD: What do you want to be when you grow up? One day I will…

It’s time to switch to a four-day working week, say these two Davos experts

The European Union’s Balkan Double Standard

South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

World Cancer Day: Early cervical cancer diagnosis could save lives of over 300,000 women

How Germany strives to mold ECB’s monetary policy to her interests

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year

Will the European Court of Justice change data privacy laws to tackle terrorism?

How leaders can use ‘agile governance’ to drive tech and win trust

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Nets’ account-to-account payment business by Mastercard, subject to conditions

Norway initiates WTO dispute complaint against US steel, aluminium duties

IMF: World cup and productivity

How to build healthy cities and communities in the post-COVID world

G20 told crucial COP24 climate change conference ‘must succeed’: Guterres

Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen, says UN panel

Telemedicine in medical practices and its contribution to quality and accessibility to care

The ECB proposes a swift solution for SMEs’ financing

Trump asked Merkel to pay NATO arrears and cut down exports ignoring the EU

UN’s Grandi slams ‘toxic language of politics’ aimed at refugees, migrants

Accountability for atrocities in Myanmar ‘cannot be expected’ within its borders – UN investigator

African continent ‘an example of solidarity’ towards migrants and refugees: UN chief

How ‘savings circles’ empower women in rural Africa

Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

A brief history of vaccines and how they changed the world

UN health agency team in China to strengthen coronavirus response through partnership

European Investment Bank to borrow €70 billion in 2013

China’s stock markets show recovery signs while EU is closely watching in anticipation of the €10bn investment

Coronavirus global response: EU allocates additional €50 million in humanitarian aid

Greening the Belt and Road is essential to our climate’s future

EU long-term budget: EP still fighting for a good agreement

State aid: Commission approves French scheme deferring payment by airlines of certain taxes to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak

OECD joins with Argentina to fight financial crime

The Amazon is burning and we’re all watching

Who holds the key to the future of biotechnology? You do

The world has made spectacular progress in every measure of well-being. So why does almost no one know about it?

Victim-centred laws ‘paramount’ to combat online sexual abuse against children

Four things Turkey did for business in the G20

What are antibody tests and can they get the world back to work?

In aftermath of Libya airstrike deaths, UN officials call for refugees and migrants to be freed from detention

DR Congo: efforts to control Ebola epidemic continue, UN food relief agency doubles assistance to affected people

Only one in five countries has a healthcare strategy to deal with climate change

EU budget: Boosting cooperation between tax and customs authorities for a safer and more prosperous EU

The Commission tries to stop the ‘party’ with the structural funds

Aung San Suu Kyi appears at ICJ as UN rights expert urges greater protection for Myanmar activists

EU report: Implementation of reforms continues to bring EU and Ukraine closer together

Blockchain will make sure green pledges aren’t just greenwash: a new initiative by young leaders at the World Economic Forum

Forget GDP – for the 21st century we need a modern growth measure

The next talent opportunity for the digital workplace? Neurodiversity

‘Unconscionable’ to kill aid workers, civilians: UN Emergency Coordinator

EU invests in green projects and bans single-use plastics while climate change requires more to be done

This Filipino journalist is fighting for press freedom in COVID-19 lockdown

Parliament requests further action to save EU tourism

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s