Indonesia urges UNSC to brace for security challenges

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar cautioned the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to potential economic and social disruptions that might trigger conflicts in several nations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Siregar made the statement during UNSC's high-level meeting on post-COVID-19 global governance held online on Thursday (Sept 24).

At the meeting, the minister shed light on three key points to respond to the ever-increasing global challenges as part of the endeavors to maintain post-COVID-19 global peace, according to the Foreign Ministry's official website.

The first area of focus is that the UNSC should continue to supervise the implementation of ceasefire commitments, including the Global Humanitarian Response Plan and UNSC Resolution 2532.

To this end, Siregar emphasized the significance of strengthening support for the UN peace mission to tackle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the field, especially that related to humanitarian aid and peace development.

Secondly, the UNSC should respond to the latest change in the international security situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UNSC is mandated to stay responsive, adaptive, and result-centric to tackle the challenges of international security in the post-COVID-19 period, he explained.

"The pandemic will potentially speed up fragmentation and change in global order. For its part, the UN must be able to increase its relevancy. The UN system must be able to improve effectiveness, transparency, and accountability, particularly in creating access to medicines and vaccines at affordable prices," he affirmed.

The minister is optimistic about the current crisis being able to pave the path for peace through solidarity, unity, and global responsibility in the best interests of all sides.

"Increasing involvement and cooperation are something that we need to tackle this difficult time," he emphasized.

The meeting featured several speakers, including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Chief of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat. The meeting brought together several heads of state, ministers, and top officials of UNSC member states.

Source: Antara News

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