Vatican representative calls for reform of UN

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New York pressed the argument for reform of the international body in a speech to the General Assembly. Archbishop Celestino Migliore said that a revitalized UN should be “capable of responding to the obstacles and increasing complexity of relations between peoples and nations.” Although he did not spell out the reforms that would be necessary, Archbishop Migliore suggested that the conduct of the UN should be more clearly in line with the organization’s founding charter. He argued: “The United Nations will advance toward the formation of a true family of nations to the extent that it assumes the truth of the inevitable interdependence among peoples, and to the extent that it takes up the truth about the human person, in accordance with its Charter.” The archbishop went on to say that international development efforts should respect the both the needs of the recipient nations and their fundamental dignity.