U.N. Chief: World Needs Supreme Body of ‘Global Governance’ With Real ‘Bite’

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the world needs an overarching level of multilateral governance that can sideline problematic “national interests.” He complained that existing U.N. instruments, such as their Security Council, have teeth but “show little or no appetite to bite.”

He claimed in the 21st century, governments are no longer the only political and power reality, adding “we need an effective multilateralism that can function as an instrument of global governance where it is needed.”

“The problem is that today’s multilateralism lacks scale, ambition and teeth. And some of the instruments that do have teeth, show little or no appetite to bite, as has recently been the case with the difficulties faced by the Security Council,” he said.

In response to questions as to exactly what the U.N. has achieved over three-quarters of a century, Guterres said “at least the Third World War so many people have predicted was avoided.

“We had what many called the ‘long peace’ with many small conflicts, but conflicts in which the big powers did not get involved against each other.”


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