Report of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change: A More Secure World

December 1, 2004

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

I wholly endorse the report’s core argument that what is needed is a comprehensive system of collective security: one that tackles both new and old threats, and addresses the security concerns of all States - rich and poor, weak and strong. Particularly important is the report’s insistence that today’s threats to our security are all interconnected.
We can no longer afford to see problems such as terrorism, or civil wars, or extreme poverty, in isolation. Our strategies must be comprehensive. Our institutions must overcome their narrow preoccupations and learn to work across the whole range of issues, in a concerted fashion.

The report argues that the front line in today’s combat must be manned by capable and responsible States. I agree. The task of helping States improve their own capacities to deal with contemporary threats is vital and urgent. The United Nations must be able to do this better. The Panel tells us how.