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"The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights."- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for UN70.
The United Nations is not perfect. Actually, it's far from that. Despite being able to come up with excellent ideas during the last 70 years, it often lacks in implementation. The UN is in need of reform, and it has been that way for so many years. But how can this enormous institution that represents so many different interests from around the world be improved? How can we make it more effective?
Steps should be practical, and small at the beginning. The UN should focus on one problem at the time, addressing critical crossroads in order to be effective. And there is so much that should be operationalized in the years to come. The classical peacekeeping operations should adapt to modern combat zones. The UN future role in Afghanistan should be rethought. The post-2015 UN development agenda should be followed constantly in order to bring permanent connections between peace, human rights and development.
In the world of changed geopolitical environment, the rise of non-state actors and growing multiculturalism, the future will bring so many challenges to the United Nations. But the essence should remain the same and it's clearly define in the Preamble to the United Nations Charter 70 years ago: “To reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.”