Upon the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the world is "losing the fight" against security threats and "justice challenges" that face the world today, according to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.N. Undersecretary Ibrahim Gambari.
"From Syria to sub-Saharan Africa, a marked increase in mass atrocities has undermined basic human rights and reversed the trend of declining political violence that began with the end of the Cold War," Albright and Gambari write in an opinion piece for USA Today
Gambari also served as the foreign minister of Nigeria.
"Climate change, cyberattacks, and the threat of cross-border economic shocks also pose grave implications for global security and justice," they contend.
In order to be successful against these threats, the U.N. must adapt, Albright and Gambari say.
"A failure to do so risks prolonging and deepening our present global crises," they warn.
The two former diplomats suggest "six reforms" that the U.N. should consider in order to take on the threats that the international community is facing.
Their suggestions include: strengthening "the conflict prevention and peacebuilding roles of the International Court of Justice and UN Human Rights Council"; enhancing "climate governance through new networks and increased accountability;" establishing "a 'G20 Plus' to avert financial shocks and deliver on the Post-2015 Development Agenda"; investing "in a new generation on UN and regional peace operations and transform the Peacebuilding Commission into an empowered Council"; creating "a United Nations Parliamentary Network to raise greater awareness and participation by strengthening the voices of legislators in global institutions"; and reforming and expanding "the Security Council and broaden its engagement."
Albright and Gambari have been serving as co-chairs on the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance.
They say that these reforms are described in greater detail in a report that was released Tuesday.
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