The UN’s role as the uncontested platform for international dialogue grows amid growing interdependence of Nations and increasing the number of transboundary threats, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the newspaper "Arguments and facts".
He recalled that in recent time, the UN is charged with failure to respond quickly to emerging challenges and to facilitate the settlement of international crises.
"Under this pretext, some Western countries are trying to impose to the world community an alternative decision-making mechanisms, acting in line with the concept of the so-called "world order, based on the rules", – said the Minister.
"fundamentally disagree with the criticism. Despite all the difficulties, the UN remains the cornerstone of the postwar world order, no alternative venue where all countries, without exception, have the opportunity on an equal basis to discuss and resolve current international issues. Moreover, amid increasing interdependence of States and increasing the number of cross-border threats, its importance and relevance undoubtedly increase", – said Lavrov.
He reminded that now is a large-scale reform of the UN development designed to promote achievement of the 2030 sustainable development Goals.
Lavrov stressed that a crucial role in crisis management is played by the UN Security Council.
"Certainly, on a number of subjects he was struggling to come to a consensus. The main reason appears to lie in the reluctance of some States to abandon logic "zero-sum" in favor of global interests. However, for the vast majority of matters, Council members successfully find a mutually acceptable interchange," he said.
The Minister pointed out that Russia supports all reasonable initiatives to improve the work of the UN on the condition that they do not violate the "division of labour" between the main UN bodies.
"In particular, do not deny the necessity of reforming the security Council and take an active part in the negotiations. Are convinced that the main purpose of the enlargement of the Council should be more representative of developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, conducting an independent foreign policy and thus can contribute real added value to the activities of the security Council to make it more pluralistic and democratic," he concluded.