Ban Ki-moon: UNSC needs "strong, common voice"

Added On June 14, 2019

 As a current deputy chair of The Elders, Ban said that when the Security Council can cooperate and speak with a strong common voice, "its decisions can have a decisive impact".

The Elders, initiated by former South African President Nelson Mandela in 2007, is an international non-governmental organization consisting of former leaders of countries and important international organizations.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English): BAN KI-MOON, Former UN Secretary-General:
"This strong, common voice is needed more than ever at this current time, when the deceptive allure of populism and isolationism is growing across all continents, from North and South America to Africa, Asia and Europe."
Ban advised the council members to "agree on a joint common position to address conflicts in their early stages," including through timely and strong statements.
He also said that the "risks of nuclear conflict are higher than they have been in several decades."
SOUNDBITE 2 (English): BAN KI-MOON, Former UN Secretary-General:
"There is also the very real risk that the whole architecture of arms control and nuclear non-proliferation that was built up during the decades of superpower confrontation may collapse, through a combination of neglect, hubris and ill-founded threat analysis. The consequences of failure do not bear contemplation."