Moscow, Russian Federation

26 April 2017

Secretary-General's message to the Sixth Moscow Conference on International Security, 26-27 April 2017

[Delivered by Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs]

I thank the Government of the Russian Federation and in particular the Ministry of Defence for organizing and hosting the Sixth Moscow Conference on International Security.
 
This meeting is taking place in a global climate of ongoing conflicts, increased insecurity, grave human rights violations, organized crime, military build-ups and terrorist attacks, among many other challenges that threaten peace and stability across all continents.  There is growing anxiety that the world is not heading in “the right direction”, that States are not fully coming together around shared solutions and that global institutions are not sufficiently equipped to deal effectively with the challenges at hand.
 
My plea is therefore for all to recommit to the search for joint approaches to tackling common concerns. Dialogue remains indispensable to re-building confidence and trust. Recommitment to multilateral institutions, global norms and principles that value respect for humanity must be our highest priority.
 
At the United Nations, we are committed to reforming and transforming our capacities to meet the challenges of the 21st century, including terrorism and extremism.
 
Despite Member States’ recent efforts, terrorism has become an increasingly transnational and multidimensional threat.  The St. Petersburg bombing earlier this month is among the latest attacks that must move us to strengthen international counter-terrorism cooperation.  I wish to express my solidarity with the victims, and I welcome the efforts of Russia and other countries to improve such collaboration.
 
In order to effectively implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, I have proposed to the General Assembly the creation of a new Office for Counter-Terrorism that will further enhance coordination and coherence in the delivery of UN assistance to Member States, and increase our impact on the ground. I hope that all Member States, including those present here today, will support this proposal.
 
We are also striving to reform the other peace and security pillars of the United Nations, as well as the UN development system and the Organization’s management. Conflict prevention must remain a central priority. 
 
Through dialogue and partnership, we have a shared responsibility to transform today’s climate of uncertainty and fragmentation into one of mutual respect and solidarity, towards our common goal of peace, stability and prosperity for all. The United Nations stands ready to support your efforts.
 
I wish you a successful conference