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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on Upholding the United Nations Charter - Security Council, 8699th meeting
9 Jan 2020 -  Remarks by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General remarks at the Security Council Open Debate on "Upholding the United Nations Charter" to Maintain International Peace and Security.
I thank the Vietnamese Presidency of the Council for organizing this timely debate and I congratulate Viet Nam for the Presidency of the Security Council at the beginning of your tenure in the Security Council itself.
I also welcome the presence of the Chair of the Elders, Mary Robinson.
And I am pleased that we begin the year of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations with a discussion on its founding document.
Peace is our most precious value and the essence of our work. All that we strive for as a human family depends on peace. But peace depends on us.
Unfortunately, the New Year has begun with fresh turmoil and long-standing suffering.
Geopolitical tensions have reached dangerous levels, most recently in the Gulf, as well as from traditional military threats to the economy to cyberspace.
Conflicts that no one is winning grind on and on and on, from Libya and Syria to Afghanistan and the Sahel.
With turbulence on the rise, trust within and among nations is on the decline.
We see this trust deficit also in streets across the world, as people vent their frustrations and voice their feeling that political establishments are out of touch, incapable or unwilling to deliver.

We see it in the work of the United Nations, including the Security Council, when Member States struggle or fail to find reasonable common ground.
And in this vacuum, the climate crisis is now upon us with ever-growing fury, sparing no one.
International cooperation is at a crossroads.
All of this presents a grave test to multilateralism.
It poses a challenge for the Security Council, which under the Charter has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.
And it underscores, more than ever, the focus of today’s meeting: upholding the United Nations Charter.
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