UN chief urges Security Council to do more to prevent war Jan 11, 2017 0 546 12345 ReutersUNITED NATIONSNew UNITED Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Security Council on Tuesday to take more action to prevent conflicts instead of just responding to them as he pledged to build the world body's mediation capacity."The United Nations was established to prevent war by binding us in a rules-based international order. Today, that order is under grave threat," Guterres said in his first address to the 15-member council since taking office on Jan 1.Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal and former UN refugee chief, said too many opportunities to prevent conflicts had been lost due to mistrust among states and concerns over national sovereignty."Such concerns are understandable, in a world where power is unequal and principles have sometimes been applied selectively. Indeed, prevention should never be used to serve other political goals," he told the council."On the contrary, prevention is best served by strong sovereign states, acting for the good of their people," he said.The council has been largely deadlocked on the six-year war in Syria, with Russia and China pitted against the United States, Britain and France. The body has also been split on its approach to other conflicts and crises such as South Sudan and Burundi, with some members citing sovereignty concerns.Guterres asked the council to make greater use of Chapter 6 of the UN Charter, which allows the body to investigate and recommend procedures to resolve disputes that could eventually endanger international peace and security.He outlined steps he was taking to build the United Nations' prevention capabilities, which he described as 'fragmented.' He has created an executive committee to integrate all UN arms and appointed a senior official merge the prevention capacities of the United Nations for better action."We will launch an initiative to enhance our mediation capacity, both at United Nations Headquarters and in the field, and to support regional and national mediation efforts," he said."We spend far more time and resources responding to crises rather than preventing them," Guterres said."We need a whole new approach." POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump pushes Republicans for quick repeal, replacement of Obamacare Jan 11, 2017 0 425 Trump's A-G pick opposes Muslim ban, waterboarding Jan 11, 2017 0 435 Senate move to sanction Russia over hacking, Syria actions Jan 11, 2017 0 454 Kerry takes jab at Trump tweets; warns of 'authoritarian populism' Reuters WASHINGTON US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned of the dangers of authoritarian populism and offered a thinly veiled critique of Donald Trump's prolific use of Twitter, saying it allowed the .. South Carolina church gunman should be executed, says prosecutor CHARLESTON Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should be executed for killing nine people who welcomed him to their Bible study meeting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof, sat with parishioners for 40 .. Canadian PM reshuffles cabinet ahead of Trump's presidency Montreal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday to prepare for Donald Trump's presidency, according several media reports. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland .. Cuba names counter-intelligence chief as Interior Minister HAVANA Cuba named Vice Admiral Julio Cesar Gandarilla to the powerful post of Interior Minister, replacing Fernandez Godin, who died on Friday at the age of 78. Gandarilla had served as head of the department of ..