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Donald Trump calls for stronger international cooperation on UN reform

News Agencies | Updated on: 19 September 2017, 8:22 IST

United States President Donald Trump on 18 September highlighted the need for more international cooperation on UN reform in his United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) address.

He was flanked by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who provided opening remarks.

Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster were also in attendance.

"The declaration of support for United Nations reform began as a way to get momentum to Secretary General Guterres' efforts to bring greater efficiency, accountability and transparency to the UN," Haley said, adding "We thought that having Member States put their names on a document would help ensure that these goals don't remain just words, but become a part of the culture of the UN."

Trump spoke on the three main goals of UN reform.

"The United Nations was founded on truly noble goals. These include affirming the dignity and worth of the human person and striving for international peace, he said, adding that the yet in recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement," said Trump.

President Trump also commended the Secretary General's call for the United Nations to focus "more on people and less on bureaucracy."

Trump also emphasized on the need for greater accountability, equal distribution of military and financial burdens, and clearly-defined goals for peacekeeping missions.

Trump also encouraged Member States to participate in UN proceedings with "an eye toward changing business as usual and not being beholden to ways of the past which were not working." 


First published: 19 September 2017, 8:22 IST