UN chief highlights key function of Asian regional bloc in ending Myanmar disaster

Myanmar: Top UN officials condemn military’s ‘shameful, cowardly’ attacks on peaceful protesters 



Speaking throughout a Security Council assembly on cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations, he highlighted the connection with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), underlining the bloc’s vital function in diplomacy, battle prevention and peacebuilding. 

Crucial function in pressing disaster 

“Today, ASEAN’s role is more crucial than ever as the region faces an urgent crisis in Myanmar”, Mr. Guterres said.  “I have repeatedly called on the international community to work, collectively and through bilateral channels, to help bring an end to the violence and the repression by the military.” 

In this regard, UN cooperation with ASEAN is significant, the Secretary-General stated, because the scenario requires a strong worldwide response grounded in a unified regional effort.    

“I urge regional actors to leverage their influence to prevent further deterioration and, ultimately, find a peaceful way out of this catastrophe.”   

UN envoy stands prepared 

Mr. Guterres advised ambassadors that his Special Envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, is within the area and stands able to resume dialogue with the navy and others, “and to contribute to a return of Myanmar to the democratic path, and to peace and stability.” 

Ms. Schraner Burgener arrived in Bangkok on 9 April, in line with her Twitter account.   

In a submit final Tuesday marking the Burmese New Year, Thingyan, she wrote “Thingyan should be a celebration of joy, but unfortunately there is nothing to celebrate in Myanmar. I hope it is true that sprinkling water washes away sins. So many sins have been committed since 1st February. I hope to celebrate Thingyan with all released again in the future.” 

Cooperation continues to develop 

The Security Council debate, held on-line, targeted on a problem which the Secretary-General stated has been a key precedence since he took workplace 4 years in the past. 

Cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations has “grown exponentially” since its founding in 1945, he stated, encompassing areas that embody preventive diplomacy, mediation, counterterrorism, peacekeeping and selling human rights, but additionally combating local weather change and now the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mr. Guterres supplied examples of this partnership throughout a number of continents, showcasing how working collectively can help international locations to handle advanced political transitions and discover sustainable options to political challenges.  

In Sudan, for instance, the UN supported the African Union (AU) and Ethiopia in facilitating negotiations which led to the institution of the transitional authorities.   

Multilateralism the one means 

“As we continue to support Sudan in its efforts towards democratic governance and an inclusive society, our collaboration remains essential”, he stated. 

The Secretary-General stated strengthening UN partnerships with  regional and sub-regional organizations is integral to his imaginative and prescient for “a networked multilateralism”. 

Despite the pandemic, he convened heads of regional organizations for a digital dialogue final November, to shore up collaboration throughout crises. 

 “I am committed to pursuing an even closer engagement to promote confidence-building and dialogue, in conflict prevention, management and resolution”, he stated. 

“We can only address our world’s current and future challenges, including those exposed and heightened by COVID-19, through ambitious and coordinated multilateral action.”

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