Mes­sage of H.E Mr. Alexey Yurievich De­dov

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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.

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