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Here, the U.N. secretary-general must shoulder significant responsibility.For starters, Guterres must use the bully pulpit of his office to the fullest extent, in order to invoke the moral rectitude and values of the organization. He should also personally and actively support the efforts of the U.N.'s envoys both publicly and privately, by engaging at the highest level, in order to help find ways to defuse ongoing conflicts. The Security Council has the primary responsibility within the U.N. for maintaining peace and security. For the P5, neither violations of international law nor large-scale human suffering trump Realpolitik or "geopolitical considerations". They even pursue policies that directly undermine the U.N., its Charter, and the rules-based world order more broadly.More fundamentally, it has undermined faith in the U.N. and international law and increased the world's tolerance of inhumanity. This opens the way for even more death, destruction, and suffering, while discrediting the world order to which we solemnly committed when the U.N. was established.In the face of conflicts that are producing widespread death and destruction, the U.N. and its power players have a responsibility – as stated in the U.N. Charter – to do everything possible to restore peace.
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