With credibility dwindling, UN has no choice but to take ‘bold steps’ to modernize, says Cypriot President – europeantimes.news

Addressing the General Assembly for the final time before leaving office, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday relayed some hard truths about what he saw as shortcomings leading to the “gradual loss of credibility of the United Nations” and called for Member States to generate the political will to reform and modernize the Organization.

“Then how is it that we keep coming back year after year as a kind of ritual, to attest to one’s dismal ineffectiveness and the other’s attempt at beautification, because what is our inability to fulfill that? Aims of the UN Charter?” he said, remembering asking a similar question a few years ago.

“Why do the decisions of the Security Council, in their overwhelming majority, remain mere attestation of violations? Why are international law and international agreements not implemented? Why do strategies and programs aimed at creating better conditions for suffering people remain wishful thinking? he added.

“Bold steps” towards modernization

President Anastasiades, while acknowledging that the UN was founded at the end of World War II, said that its lack of effectiveness and inflexibility was not only due to its age, but also to “the hegemonic tendencies of some states with the aim of creating new ones.” creating empires at the expense of smaller states; the financial interests of some Member States; and “Alliances based on common interests lead to tolerance towards states that violate international law if the perpetrator is within their sphere of influence.”

In light of all this, and “in the face of … the imminent danger after 77 years of a new world war, after Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine,” he said, “there is no choice but to make bold but necessary decisions on reform and modernization of the organization.

These steps included, among other things, identifying the causes that lead to unnecessary rivalries and conflicts and renewing our commitment to a global order based on international law; and the political will and determination to continue to reform and modernize the United Nations towards a just, effective and efficient multilateral system of governance.

A look back

“During my ten-year tenure, I might not have been able to enjoy what the vast majority would have wished: the necessary reforms of international organization, the resolution of international conflicts, and the tackling of challenges that affect hundreds of millions of people, such as hunger, poverty and Climate change,” said the President.

He further lamented: “I might not have witnessed the reunification of my homeland with my Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot compatriots who live in conditions of peace, prosperity and stability. However, I sincerely hope that I can witness a brighter and more stable future for humanity during my lifetime,” he concluded.