Russia calls for strengthening the authority of the United Nations Organization and is ready to support the reforms aimed at increasing its role, Chairman of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Wednesday.
"I can only confirm that the position on strengthening the authority of the UN and the UN’s role in a modern world is a consensus position of Russia, this is the position of our professional diplomacy and just as much the position of our parliamentary diplomacy," Kosachev said at a meeting with UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, TASS reports.
Kosachev noted that Russia welcomes the global organization’s contribution to solving "global issues of the modern age and worries when some states act or try to act bypassing the UN and its Security Council." "Unfortunately, these examples are not decreasing. As a rule, this does not solve the existing problems, but gives rise to the new ones."
The senator also noted that Russia actively employs parliamentary diplomacy, in particular in the framework of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, "which is sometimes called the UN parliamentary dimension." "We know that there are different stances on this in the UN, and there is also a project of establishing the assembly of the UN. Frankly speaking, I don’t know whether this is needed given the potential and possibilities of the IPU," the senator said.
According to him, Moscow is sincerely glad as some initiatives of the IPU, which had been promoted by Russia, in particular during the 137th IPU Assembly in St. Petersburg, have received support at the UN General Assembly.
Kosachev noted that this is related to a proposal of Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko on convening in the coming years "a summit, a global conference on the issues of inter-ethnic, cultural, inter-religious dialogue with the participation of heads of state, parliament and representatives of key religious denominations."
"Now we are actively working out this initiative in the framework of the IPU. We hope to reach some more particular proposals for the UN by the next IPU assembly," the senator said, voicing hope that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) would join the effort.