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UN HAILS LONGEST PERIOD WITHOUT MILITARY CONFLICT : Secretary General praises member states on 75th commemoration anniversary.

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a clarion call to preserve the longest period in modern history without a military confrontation among the world's major powers.

''This is a great achievement on which member states can be proud,'' said Guterres last Monday when world leaders gathered at the UN for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary in a virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing the Assembly Hall sparsely populated, due to the pandemic safety restrictions, the secretary general said, ''A third world war - which so many had feared - has been avoided.''

Earlier, the world leaders unanimously adopted a declaration honouring the multilateral framework put in place by its founders in 1945 and pledging to better live out the promise to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.

The text of the declaration laid out 12 succinct commitments to reanimate global resolve : leave no one behind; protect the planet, promote peace; abide by international law -

Place women and girls at the centre; build trust; improve digital cooperation; upgrade the United Nations; ensure sustainable financing; boost partnerships; work with youth; and, finally, be prepared.

''We are not hear to celebrate,'' world leaders said, through the declaration, which the General Assembly adopted.

The declaration further said, ''Our world is not yet the world our founders envisaged 75 years ago. Our challenges are interconnected and can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism.''

Acknowledging that Covid-19 caught the world off-guard, the world leaders agreed it has served as a wake-up call for improving preparedness. 

''What we agree today, will affect the sustainability of our planet as well as the welfare of generations for decades,'' the declaration said, committing to uphold it in the spirit of  ''We the Peoples.''

Born out of the horrors of World War II, the United Nations was established to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war - words underlined in the UN Charter.

The declaration recalls the UN's successes and failures over more than seven decades and vows to build a post-pandemic world that is more equal, works together and protects the planet.

Even at the times of great tension, the declaration said, the UN promoted decolonization, freedom, development, human rights and equality, ''and worked to eradicate disease''.

And it ''helped'' mitigate dozens of conflicts, save hundreds and thousands of lives through humanitarian action and provided millions of children with the education that every child deserves.''

As for disappointments, the declaration said the world is ''plagued by growing inequality, poverty, hunger, armed conflicts, terrorism, insecurity, climate change and pandemics.

It added the poorest and least developed countries were falling behind, decolonization was not complete and people were forced to make dangerous journeys in search of refuge.

''Our challenges are interconnected and can only be addresses through reinvigorated multilateralism,'' it added.

The organization addressed the need to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and to reaffirm the fundamental rights of men and women, he said, adding, it had helped prevent the kind of destruction visited upon humanity twice within a generation, advanced arms control, facilitated decolonization and addressed threats to the environment.

''But our euphoria must not blind us to its failings,'' he said, adding that the organization is only as good as its Member States.'' [APP]

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