Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization
The United Nations is committed to remaining present wherever we are needed, in keeping with the values and principles of the Charter, with the mandates given to us by Member States and with the hopes and expectations that millions of people around the world place in us. But we must do so responsibly and with due recognition of the risks involved.
This report details the Organization’s efforts to respond to these many challenges, priority being given to the eight areas of work identified by the General Assembly in the strategic framework for the biennium.
We must build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, persist in the effort to meet them where they have not been met, attend to the gaps and address new and emerging challenges.
The past year clearly demonstrated the complexity of contemporary conflict and the challenges involved in mounting coherent, effective international responses.
In recognition of the links between peace, security and economic development, the United Nations adopted a multidimensional approach.
Effective implementation of the United Nations human rights instruments remains essential to promoting human rights and preventing violations.
We were reminded afresh of the importance of adherence to humanitarian principles, timely access to affected people and greater protection for civilians.
It is crucial for international justice to be, and to be seen as, absolutely impartial if its reconciliation purposes are to be fully realized.
The effects of the unregulated trade in conventional arms are tragic: brutal crackdowns, armed conflict, rampant crime or violence and resulting human suffering.
H. Drug control, crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
The magnitude of the existing and emerging global threats of organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism means that there is a need for more concerted efforts.
With the growing number and complexity of our mandates, there is a need to broaden our human, operational and financial resource base.
I will continue to do my part to manage efforts to meet our existing mandates while anticipating and preparing for those that may come.