Unrest in Arab region aggravates as UN role retreats – Al-Maatouq

UN Humanitarian Envoy Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq
UN Humanitarian Envoy Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq

CAIRO, March 2 (KUNA) — Unrest in the Arab region and the ensued humanitarian repercussions have been aggravating as the international community fails to face them, UN Humanitarian Envoy Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq said on Wednesday.
Al-Maatouq, also President of the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) and Advisor at Kuwait’s Amiri Diwan, made the statement at a high-level peacekeeping workshop held at the Arab League in Cairo on the “Arab vision for the UN strategic revision recommendations for building and preserving peace.” The event is organized by the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa, in cooperation with the office of the UN General Assembly President and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
People in Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza, as well as in other places, have fallen “victims” to this unrest and tension, Al-Maatouq added, pointing to tragedies he “saw” though neither relayed by the media or documented in human rights reports.
No words or phrases can express the brunt of such tragedies, he told the workshop, noting that the victims; children, women and elderly, pin hopes on regional and international action, but have always been let down.
According to the UN Humanitarian Envoy, “instability” sums up the present stage of the developing international order, manifested through several local and regional conflicts, both sectarian and ethnic. “They pose a threat to states and the international order.” Al-Maatouq attributed such “natural outcome” to the retreat of the UN role, and its failure to play due role for preserving security and peace.
He cited the decades-long failure of the international organization to conclude a just settlement for the Palestinian Cause, which threw the region into conflicts and polarization.
Al-Maatouq said that there is no more logic behind the “power of veto” at the time of crises, noting that it has “limited” the UN role, as much as interests of the UNSC permanent states are relevant.
The UN Secretariat has to focus more on field action and the organization’s peacekeeping operations have to concentrate on “humans,” he said, adding that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) plays a vital role to streamline humanitarian missions through continuous contacts with all relevant parties, especially national organizations and institutions.
In order to forestall conflicts, and in the meantime to build peace, the UN must coordinate with all players on the ground, namely national and regional organizations and the international community as a whole, Al-Maatouq said.
The first ever World Humanitarian Summit, due in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 23-24, offers a significant opportunity for the world’s active players to help enhance response to humanitarian activities and peacekeeping missions, as well as making the utmost use of resources, the IICO chair concluded. (pickup previous) ms.msa

UN Humanitarian Envoy Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq speaks in the forum
UN Humanitarian Envoy Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq speaks in the forum