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UN chief aims to strengthen role of the UN in 2011

01-15-2011 08:51 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday called for reinforcing the role of the world body for the upcoming year.

"There is no doubt that the world needs an even stronger UN," Ban told the UN General Assembly in a briefing on his eight strategic priorities and plan of action for 2011. The priorities include: advancing action and inclusive and sustainable development, climate change, the empowerment of women, global security, human rights, nuclear non-proliferation, and strengthening the UN institution.

In light of the complexities of the 21st century, Ban said the UN must "keep moving forward" in order to address rising challenges.

"All of us will benefit from a United Nations that is ever more transparent -- more accountable -- more efficient, effective, and mobile," he said.

"In all our actions, we must focus even more on what we call the '4 Ps'-- prevention, preparedness, pro-activeness, and persistence all within a framework that is transparent and accountable," he added.

Meanwhile, the secretary-general emphasized the need to promote a safer and more secure world in the year ahead.

Ban expressed deep concern over the current deteriorating situation in Cote d'Ivoire as attacks on civilians and United Nations forces continue to grow in the west African country.

"Let me say clearly, attacks on civilians as well as international peacekeepers constitute crimes under international law. So is incitement to commit such crimes. The International Criminal Court has declared its intention to open investigations," he said.

Cote d'Ivoire is undergoing a turbulent political crisis, as two different candidates, Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo, were both sworn in as president after the Nov. 28 presidential runoff election. The secretary-general reiterated his call on Friday for Gbagbo to "stand aside."

In order to confront challenges such as the ongoing turmoil in Cote d'Ivoire, Ban called for progress in providing support for UN peacekeepers and managing resources.

"Looking ahead, we will implement lessons learned to strengthen leadership, improve accountability, and build capacity to rapidly scale up operations on the ground," he added.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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