Assembly President calls for broad decisions to end devastating conflicts

September 28, 2015

The President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, said today at the opening of the general debate that it is necessary to act without delay to end the conflicts and advanced that progress on the objectives of the new development agenda will focus the work of the session just started

“Excellencies, the time is ripe to make far-reaching decisions that end devastating conflicts and begin to invest heavily in sustainable development. It is necessary to act now ”, said the President of the Assembly.

He also warned of the serious consequences for the world population not to do that or not to combat climate change, which would have, he said, catastrophic effects

Furthermore, he noted that while a large part of humanity lives in peace, the folly of war and self-destruction has increased in the Middle East, in parts of Africa and also in Europe, leading to humanitarian catastrophes and more refugees than in any other time since WWII.

At another point in his speech, he alluded to the large investments in weapons that continue to be made and added that too many nuclear warheads are on high alert, while the risk of nuclear conflicts has not been eliminated by mistake.

Mogens Lykketoft called on Member States to make an extraordinary effort to break all vicious circles and act in the same spirit of understanding achieved for the 2030 agenda, recognizing the close links between development, peace and security and respect for human rights, and taking specific actions in those areas.

He stressed that the work of the 70th session of the General Assembly during his presidency will focus on this.

He also expressed hope that the United Nations will play a more direct role in reconciliation and peacebuilding, including in conflicts where it has hitherto failed.

September 28, 2015

The President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, said today at the opening of the general debate that it is necessary to act without delay to end the conflicts and advanced that progress on the objectives of the new development agenda will focus the work of the session just started

“Excellencies, the time is ripe to make far-reaching decisions that end devastating conflicts and begin to invest heavily in sustainable development. It is necessary to act now ”, said the President of the Assembly.

He also warned of the serious consequences for the world population not to do that or not to combat climate change, which would have, he said, catastrophic effects

Furthermore, he noted that while a large part of humanity lives in peace, the folly of war and self-destruction has increased in the Middle East, in parts of Africa and also in Europe, leading to humanitarian catastrophes and more refugees than in any other time since WWII.

At another point in his speech, he alluded to the large investments in weapons that continue to be made and added that too many nuclear warheads are on high alert, while the risk of nuclear conflicts has not been eliminated by mistake.

Mogens Lykketoft called on Member States to make an extraordinary effort to break all vicious circles and act in the same spirit of understanding achieved for the 2030 agenda, recognizing the close links between development, peace and security and respect for human rights, and taking specific actions in those areas.

He stressed that the work of the 70th session of the General Assembly during his presidency will focus on this.

He also expressed hope that the United Nations will play a more direct role in reconciliation and peacebuilding, including in conflicts where it has hitherto failed.