8 August 2013
Ban Ki-moon: Regional organizations must increase cooperation to tackle global challenges
In a UN Security Council debate held on 6 August, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon emphasised the importance of increasing cooperation among regional and sub-regional organisations and the UN in order to address challenges in maintaining international peace and security.
The Secretary General stated that these organisations have unique insights that are critical for mediation, planning a peacekeeping operation, and building lasting peace. He also encouraged states to examine how they can expand cooperation in pursuit of international peace and security. “Only through cooperation will we meet our shared aspirations for a more peaceful world,” the Secretary General said.