(CTN News) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his determination to continue advocating for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, despite the lack of action from the Security Council.
Speaking at the Doha Forum in Qatar, Guterres highlighted the divisions within the Council that have hindered its ability to resolve international disputes peacefully.
The United States recently vetoed a resolution calling for an end to the intense fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. Guterres emphasized the urgent need for a ceasefire to prevent further loss of life and called for the Gaza Security Council to take action.
He acknowledged the Council’s failure to act but reiterated his commitment to the cause, stating that he would not give up. Guterres also emphasized the need for reform within the Security Council to address the challenges posed by its current structure.
A serious effort is required to update global structures, with a focus on equality and solidarity, and following the United Nations Charter and international law stated the speaker.
He emphasized that the divisions within the Council are undermining efforts to find solutions in various regions, including Ukraine, Myanmar, and the Middle East.
The speaker also highlighted the horrific terror attacks by Hamas and the subsequent relentless bombardment of Gaza, which have resulted in only one resolution being passed. Although he welcomed the resolution, he expressed concern about the delay and the lack of implementation.
During the conference in Qatar, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, addressed the dehumanization of Palestinians, which has allowed the international community to tolerate Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza.
This has tragically led to over 17,000 deaths since October 7th.
Philippe Lazzarini, the head of UNRWA, stressed the urgent need for a humanitarian ceasefire to end the current suffering in Gaza.
In addition to these challenges, Mr. Guterres highlighted the growing influence of other divisive forces. He emphasized the importance of building bridges and finding shared solutions to global issues.
Mr. Guterres also expressed concern about the failure of global governance in effectively managing two existential threats.