Outgoing UN General Assembly president urges UN reform
Korosi said the world was running a race for time on issues such as climate change, preserving biodiversity, education and gender equality, and regretted that the UN’s 2015 sustainable development targets could not be met by 2030.
The UN adopted a “historic” resolution last year, declaring a clean, healthy and sustainable environment a human right, Korosi said. The organisation should now ensure transparency and accountability by determining those responsible for implementing the document, he said.
Korosi urged that the UN should be restructured in line with current challenges. He said changes were not easy in view of the UN Charter, but said that the document should be applied in its entirety rather than selectively, with special regard to conflict management, massive unrest, genocide and other war crimes.
The next General Assembly session of the UN will be presided over by Dennis Francis of Trinidad and Tobago. The 78th session, starting on September 18, will be addressed by Hungarian President Katalin Novak.