American Jewish Committee has key role to play across UN agenda – Ban Ki-moon
In a video message to the 101st annual dinner of the American Jewish Committee in Washington, D.C., yesterday evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon restated his top priorities, among them geopolitical issues, “in particular the tragedy in Darfur and diplomatic efforts on several fronts in the Middle East, including Iraq, Lebanon and, of course, the Israel-Palestinian conflict.”
He also emphasized his intention to reform the UN. “This means putting peacekeeping on a more solid footing, since we now have more peace operations and more personnel in the field than at any time in our history,” he said. “Reform also means improving management and strengthening accountability and transparency.”
The UN must “deliver hope to those most in need,” he stressed, underscoring his commitment to development.
He also said he is concerned “that international efforts to combat climate change are falling short” and pledged to mobilize action on them.
“The American Jewish Committee has an important role to play across this agenda,” he declared.
“I also attach great importance to strengthening the relationship between the UN and Israel,” he said, adding that the country “has a wealth of experience to offer the Organization, and much to gain by participating in the UN’s efforts for peace, development, and human rights.”