The Guyana Peace Guyana salutes United Nations Day 2017.
This year’s observance comes at a time when the UN is facing serious challenges with its mandate coming under increasing criticism from its peace loving and developmental partners around the world.
While it is generally recognized that efforts are being made by the UN to address the challenges in keeping with its universal mandate, at the same time, criticisms continue to mount as the world watches in dismay at the UN’s inability to address and find, both multilateral and diplomatic solutions to the world refugee crisis as exemplified in the continued flow of refugees from war torn Iraq and Syria. Not to speak of the war themselves in these countries.
In hotspots such as Somalia and Burma, the Rohingya refugee crisis, in the latter’s case, has demonstrated, beyond the shadow of a doubt, a profound and inherent weakness on the part the UN to bring the parties together to solve the humanitarian crisis.
In addition, the has UN failed miserably to address in a firm and decisive manner, the growing threat of an outbreak of nuclear world war emanating from the shores of the Korean Peninsula.
From all indications, the UN has unreluctantly and unhesitatingly, handed over its mandate to two of its more powerful member states; China and the USA, to find a solution to the crises in that region which has the potential to envelope the entire world.
In the meanwhile, the UN continues to stand helplessly by amid the open and flagrant violations of the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Yemen and Syria, the Kurdistan national problem as well the Palestinian two state demand.
At the same time, the border conflicts, disputes and controversies that continue to rage between China and India, Guyana and Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile, Belize and Guatemala without an end in sight primarily because of either a hands off policy to what the UN considers as bilateral conflicts or because of dithering by the bureaucracy at the UN.
In respect to the long sought after development goals of the UN it is now an established fact that resolution after resolution passed at General Assembly after General Assembly has not brought the expected results and outcomes.
Internal political developments, natural disasters, regime changes, lack of political will by many governments with a preference for corrupt practices, racial and political discrimination, witch-hunting of political opponents, trampling upon the constitutional rights of citizens have cumulatively or individually resulted in the downgrading or sidelining of UN development goals and related resolutions associated with human development and human security.
Finally, the UN’s failure to bring to closure the interminable debate on UN reform and the reconstitution of the Security Council
Is an indictment of the world body’s crippled nature which the recently installed Secretary General has inherited but seems unable to overcome and address in a decisive and principled way.
In these circumstances the United Nations faces the strong possibility of ending up being vanquished by the major powers, and as a consequence, becoming its own worst enemy as was pointed out years ago by former Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali.
The Guyana Peace Council is saddened by this unfortunate situation which characterize the present state of affairs obtaining at the UN.
The GPC will continue to closely monitor developments at the UN and will welcome and support any and all efforts by member states and the Office of the Secretary General providing those efforts are aimed at ensuring that the world body firmly and steadfastly implements its mandate in the best interests of the peoples of the world.
It is high time for action!
Guyana Peace Council
24th, October 2017