UN cooperation with League of Arab States ‘pivotal’, UN chief tells Security Council

UNICEF/Siegfried Modola Syrian refugee children are pictured in an informal settlement near Terbol in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon (April 2019)

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


Global problems require global solutions that rely on “essential” partnerships, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, stating that “our cooperation with the League of Arab States is pivotal”.

“Our two organizations share a common mission:  to prevent conflict, resolve disputes and act in a spirit of solidarity and unity”, he told the meeting on cooperation between the Council and the League (LAS). “We work together to expand economic opportunity, advance respect for all human rights and build political inclusion”, he added.

Responding to rising tensions in the Gulf, Mr. Guterres noted “with deep concern” the latest attack on oil tankers in the busy Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. “I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels”, he stressed.  “Facts must be established, and responsibilities clarified”.

Dozens of crew members were rescued from two oil tankers hit by explosions, following on from attacks against four tankers which were hit off the coast of the United Arab Emirates a month ago.

“If there is something the world cannot afford, it is a major confrontation in the Gulf region”, the Secretary-General spelled out.

New social contract

Mr. Guterres explained that people around the world today expect “a new social contract for education, jobs, opportunities for young people, equality for women, respect for human rights and a fair share in national wealth”.

Within the challenges facing the Arab region, lie opportunities “to build on the words and intentions of the charters of our two organizations” to bring “real change”, the UN chief said.

The Secretary-General spoke about the UN’s commitment to a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the devastating toll on civilians in Syria after eight years of conflict; the impact of armed clashes in Libya; Sudan’s struggle to transition back to civilian rule; and the need to rebuild and overcome the trauma and impact of Da’esh, or ISIL, terrorist fighters in Iraq.

He also highlighted that Lebanon, “a country significantly affected by regional developments and the generous hosting of large numbers of refugees”, needs strengthening, in addition to underscoring that negotiations must be resumed to find a lasting political solution in crisis-torn Yemen.

In Somalia, he urged the international community to “remain united to support political progress and the development of security institutions”, calling the Arab League “a key partner, both as an organization and through its individual members, for political support and economic development”.

On these efforts and more, “we continue to invest in building our engagement with regional and sub-regional organizations, including through regular consultations and collaboration”, he maintained.

Mr. Guterres enumerated UN activities underway with the Arab League, which included biennial General Cooperation meetings, sectoral meetings, capacity building exercises and staff exchanges.

He announced that a new UN Liaison Office to LAS in Cairo would become operational this month and lauded Egypt for its support and hospitality.

“I fully expect this Liaison Office, the first funded by the UN regular budget, will improve the effectiveness of cooperation between our two organizations”, he said.

“I intend to continue this fruitful engagement and deepen our collaboration to advance the vision set out in the UN Charter, in the interest of the peoples we collectively serve”, the UN chief concluded, offering his “full and active support” moving forward.

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

EU imposes provisional anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels

Is there a cure for corruption in Greece?

A bad marriage can be as unhealthy as smoking and drinking

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 over coronavirus concerns

Why growth is now a one way road for Eurozone

State aid: the Commission launches an in-depth investigation into the regulation mechanism for natural gas storage in France

What is behind the wide reach of  fake news about Coronavirus?

Scientists have created biodegradable microneedles to fight eye disease

UN Security Council hails ‘courage’ of Afghan voters

Draghi reveals how failing banks will be dealt, may cut interest rates soon

Humanitarian visas to avoid refugees’ deaths

No agreement in sight on EU budget

A Sting Exclusive: why the environment is important to your health, by UNEP’s Head for Europe

Female African coders ‘on the front-line of the battle’ to change gender power relations: UN chief

The EU will always have a stable partner in Montenegro, says President Đukanović

How our global battle against coronavirus could help us fight climate change

“Two Pack” approved: Is democracy chased away from Brussels?

2019 European Elections gets backing from professional footballers

Online platforms: improving transparency and fairness for EU businesses

School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire

Coronaviruses: the truth against the myths

Abuse of authority provisions adopted by the Senate raise concerns over Brazil’s capacity to ensure independence of prosecutors and judges in fighting corruption

Things are bad and getting worse for South Africa. Or are they?

Primary Healthcare: Back to the Basics

Why India can show us how to achieve growth with purpose

Long-term exposure to air pollution is like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day

India is investing more money in solar power than coal for first time

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Cows, coffee and sustainable farming

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Press Freedom Day, Tuna Day, cultural dialogue, #GlobalGoals awards, updates on Syria, Somalia, Mali

10 ways central banks are experimenting with blockchain

National parks give a $6 trillion boost to mental health worldwide

EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference

Failure to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia is a mistake

Work Together to Build a New Type of International Relations and a Community with a Shared Future for Humanity

Here’s why leaders need to care about mental health

3 campaigns spreading the joy of reading to children at home

Half of Eurozone in deflation expecting salvation from monetary measures

Will COVID-19 lead to the global resurgence of other deadly diseases?

New UN rights report paints bleak picture in eastern DR Congo

Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life

Mental health as a tool of survival at the Pandemic

COP24 addresses climate change displacement ahead of crunch migration meeting

The European Parliament fails to really restrict the rating agencies

If we don’t protect the ocean, humanitarian disaster awaits

Climate Change: A Healthcare Emergency

These 5 charts show our shifting behaviour around coronavirus

Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works

More needs to be done to bridge the digital gender divide

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of DSME by HHIH

Boardroom warriors: how CEOs are becoming champions of change

UN chief urges Somalis not to be ‘deterred’ by latest deadly terror attack

Italy solves the enigma of growth with fiscal consolidation: The Banking Union

Sustainable fisheries: Commission takes stock of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and launches consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2021

Libya: Attack on foreign ministry, an attack on all Libyans, stresses UN envoy

London, Berlin, Paris to fight over EU budget

These are the world’s best countries to retire in, as of 2019

6 things to know about the General Assembly as UN heads into high level week

AIESEC @ European Business Summit 2015: The power of an individual and how we can awaken Europe’s Youth

Strict alcohol laws which cut intake more than 40 per cent in Russia, linked to historically high life expectancy

Bid to raise $5.5 billion for millions of Syrians and their host communities

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