Pope Francis said the need to reform the UN was “more than evident” after the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine revealed its limits, in an excerpt from his new book published on Sunday.
The Argentine pontiff said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February had highlighted the need to ensure that the current multilateral structure – in particular the UN Security Council – finds “more agile and effective in resolving conflicts.
“In times of war, it is essential to affirm that we need more multilateralism and better multilateralism”, but the UN is no longer adapted to “new realities”, he added in an excerpt published by La Stampa Daily.
The organization was founded to prevent the horrors of the two world wars from happening again, but although the threat posed by those conflicts is still present, “the world today is not the same”, said Frances.
“The need for these reforms became more than evident after the pandemic” when the current multilateral system “showed all its limits”, he added.
François denounced the unequal distribution of vaccines as a “flagrant example” of the law of the strongest prevailing over solidarity.
The 85-year-old advocated ‘organic reforms’ aimed at enabling international organizations to rediscover their essential purpose of ‘serving the human family’ and said international institutions must be the result of the ‘widest possible consensus’ .
The sovereign pontiff also proposed to guarantee the food, health, economic and social rights on which the international institutions would base their decisions.
Francis’s new book, I ask you in the name of God: Ten prayers for a future of hopeis due out in Italy on Tuesday.
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