The President of the United States defends the work of the organization’s secretary general, António Guterres, the day before addressing for the first time 126 leaders in the debate of the 72nd General Assembly
US President Donald Trump on Monday defended the need for reforms in the workings of the United Nations and praised the initiatives put in place for that purpose by Secretary-General António Guterres.
“In recent years, the UN has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement,” Trump said in his first speech at the organization’s headquarters during a meeting organized by his country to discuss reforms. bureaucracy is hampering the United Nations, “he repeated. “The UN should focus more on people and less on bureaucracy,” the United States president said in a brief speech on the first day of the organization’s 72th General Assembly.
The UN should focus more on people and less on bureaucracy “
President of the United States
Trump, however, was very satisfied with the actions that Guterres is developing and assured that, thanks to them, the United Nations “is changing rapidly”.
The New York magnate with his first address to 126 leaders of the United Nations on Tuesday to inaugurate the high-level debate of the General Assembly, the first with the Portuguese António Guterres as secretary general of the United Nations.
He also said that he fully supports the “great reform vision” of the Portuguese diplomat and expressed his conviction that, if he is committed to truly clear changes, the UN will become a more important force “in favor of peace and harmony in the world”.
“We encourage the Secretary-General to make full use of his authority to tackle the bureaucracy, reform old-fashioned systems and make firm decisions to further the central UN mission,” he said.
We encourage the Secretary-General to make full use of his authority to tackle the bureaucracy “
President of the United States
The goal, he stressed, should be for citizens to regain confidence in the work of the organization. In that regard, he criticized that the budget and staff increases that have been seen in the United Nations since 2000 are not offering the “results” that they should. “But I know that under the secretary-general, that is changing and is changing rapidly,” he added.
As for Guterres, who gave Trump reason about the heavy bureaucracy, he added that the organization should seek a reform that would make the United Nations “agile and effective, flexible and efficient.” “We are making progress towards a bold and comprehensive program of reforms to strengthen the United Nations,” Guterres added during the ceremony, which lasted less than twenty minutes and was held in one of the United Nations complex rooms.
We are making progress towards a bold and comprehensive program of reforms to strengthen the United Nations “
Vespers of the debate in the National Assembly
This year’s debate, apart from having international leaders opening in that forum, like Trump, will also be notable absences, such as that of Russian Vladimir Putin and Chinese Xi Jinping, who were in the 2015 edition. awaits Cuban President Raúl Castro, who premiered two years ago, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the UN.
The body has set the theme of this year’s high-level debates to prioritize the needs of the population, as well as to promote peace and “a dignified life for all on a sustainable planet.”
The issue, however, is rare to be mentioned in the speeches of the rulers, who often dedicate their interventions to talk about the international agenda and, in most cases, to highlight the favorable points of its management.
Prioritize the needs of the population and promote peace, main themes of the UN debate