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UN Chief Designate Vows to Reform UN after Swearing in

UN Chief Designate Vows  to Reform UN after Swearing in

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres vowed here Monday to reform the UN system to better support global efforts to maintain world peace, promote development and combat climate change.
Guterres made the promise after he was sworn in as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations whose five-year term will start at Jan. 1, 2017.
Speaking to the 193-member UN General Assembly, Guterres said "the UN must be ready to change" to respond to challenges worldwide, to recognize its shortcomings, and to reform the way it works.
The most serious shortcoming, as noted by Guterres, is the inability to prevent crises. "The United Nations was born from war. Today we must be here for peace," he said.
"From the most severe crises in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and elsewhere, to long-standing disputes, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we need more mediation, arbitration and creative diplomacy," he added.

Guterres promised a management reform to make the United Nations "nimble, efficient, and effective," and to "focus more on delivery and less on process; more on people and less on bureaucracy." (Xinhua)