Message of H.E Mr. Alexey Yurievich Dedov
he 70th anniversary of the United Nations is a good occasion to both take stock of history and talk about our common future. In 1945 the countries that defeated Nazism joined their efforts to lay a solid foundation for the postwar world order. And although the structure and functions of the UN were formed in a fundamentally different international UN are not just in demand today. They, as life has shown, are simply irreplaceable in key situations. The United Nations is unique in terms of legitimacy, representation and universality. Only a truly universal organization like the UN has the power to coordinate collective responses to key problems of the modern time, especially today’s one – terrorism and violent extremism. 15 years ago at the Millennium Summit the Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the common enemy of the United Nations would be terrorism. Not everyone at the time understood the seriousness of this threat. Today the main point is that the UN and the Security Council shall become the coordinating centre, the unique “headquarters” of the international front against terrorism. It is here today, that important ideological, political, legal, and organizational bases of the struggle against this evil are to be laid. Russia can but welcome this approach, and is ready to take part in practical measures to strengthen the United Nation’s central role in maintaining international security and stability. Ensuring peace remains a key task for the international community guided by the United Nations. What is important today is to see the global priorities and avoid making them hostages to an unilateral agenda. There is an urgent need to refrain from double standards in the approaches means creating an equal and indivisible security environment that would not serve a privileged few, but everyone. Indeed, it is a challenging, complicated and timeconsuming task, but there is simply no alternative. Of course, the world changes, and the UN should also undergo natural transformation. Russia is ready to work together with its partners to develop the UN further on the basis of a broad consensus, but we consider any attempts to undermine the legitimacy of the United Nations as extremely dangerous. enormous potential, which should help us avoid a new confrontation and embrace a strategy of cooperation. Hand in hand with other nations, we will consistently work to strengthen the UN’s central, coordinating role. I am convinced that by working together, we will make the world stable and safe, and provide an enabling environment for the development of all nations and peoples. Let me make special mention of the humanitarian activity of the UN. This sphere takes up the lion’s share of the forces, time and funds of the UN – but it does not make front-page headlines very often. Not all citizens of prosperous nations know of its existence. But this function of the UN, essentially, remains fundamental and indispensable. The UN helps for millions of destitute people on the planet to survive and keep hope – victims of hunger, diseases important. It gives the entire United Nations political and moral authority. And it is here that the interrelation between the moral and political component of international activity can be seen most clearly. Making use of this opportunity, I would now like to thank all employees of the UN, non-governmental organizations, and of course, the numerous volunteers who take part in this noble work. Realizing how valuable the humanitarian mission of the UN is, Russia sees it as an extremely important political task. In conclusion, I would like to say that the UN withstood all the upheavals of the second half of the 20th century. And there have been a great deal of them. It helped to endure all the threats of global confrontations. And particularly importantly, it helped to spread values principles of mutual respect, and goodneighborliness between nations. The main lesson of the “UN school” is that humankind has no other alternative but to build a safer, more just and prosperous world together. This is our debt to future generations. And in this fundamental task, we will be best aided by tools that have already been tested, such as the activity of the United Nations – an organization that has been making extremely important decisions for the entire world for more than half a century.