Dr. Kerim's Comments on the High Level Themantic Debate 

As the High Level Thematic Debate on Peace and Security: In a World of Risks – a New Commitment for Peace has started On May 10th, 2016 I wanted to stress and reiterate the need of reflecting on today’s threats to peace and security and strengthening the role of the United Nations in identifying strategies and resolutions for attaining global stability. 

The Security Architecture has always been one of my highest concerns and top priorities, however now as a candidate for the post of UN Secretary General I feel the urgency and utmost necessity to bring attention to the importance of the United Nations as an intergovernmental organization in the fight against terrorism, extremism and all other forms of violence. 

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, in his opening remarks underlined four major points when it comes to dealing with security challenges: finding concrete political solutions while achieving a consensus on interrelated issues to security, ensuring gender equality and women’s participation, forging relevant partnerships and implementation of certain reforms in order for the UN to be more effective in response to global challenges.

We must not forget the focus on the human centered approach as well as the protection of basic human rights when addressing security.

The former President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated during the Debate that “Against a backdrop of global warming, an unhealthy zero-sum geopolitical rivalry, rising hatred and intolerance, spiraling conflicts and, worst of all, the risk of complacency with the poverty of solutions, the international community could only address those risks by allowing the United Nations a more robust role in managing global affairs.” I fully agree with such an observation. The United Nations must implicitly foster partnerships and create synergies between different actors and stakeholders in order to successfully address all security threats and challenges. 

Throughout the 70 years history of the United Nations, we have learned as collective wisdom that peace and security and sustainable development go hand in hand together. The United Nations can play a crucial role and be at the forefront in creating a more peaceful world of diversity, culture and harmony. But in order for that to be achieved, we must reflect on the challenges, shortcomings and problems in order for effective resolutions to be reached and goals implemented.