Experts: UN must remain at the heart of global governance – Opinion
October 25 marks the 50th anniversary of the restoration of its rightful seat at the United Nations by the People’s Republic of China. Experts from around the world participated in an online forum recently organized by the Institute of World Economics and Policy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to discuss the changing role of the UN in global governance and reform of ONU.
Experts have come to a consensus that UN reform is necessary for the adjustment of global governance. Vuk Jeremic, president of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, said that without the world working harmoniously together for mutual benefits, the current geopolitical recession could pose a great threat to all countries.
Cedric de Coning, a research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, stressed that the pandemic has caused not only a global recession but also a contraction of UN peacekeeping operations.
According to Coning, the contraction will last for the next 15 years, but the UN will adapt to global change and continue to contribute to multilateral cooperation on world peace.
On UN reform, Dennis Snower, founder and chairman of the Global Solutions Initiative, said the UN should strike a balance between multilateralism and “plurilateralism” in order to set general rules of the game for the world and increase flexibility to advance global agendas. Snower also proposed five principles to ensure the effective implementation of the rules.