International relations become more and more complex and multidimensional, but the development of events in the world – faster and faster, and less predictable. In these conditions, the task of coordination of collective responses to key problems of the modern time is topical as never before. Only a truly universal organisation like the UN has the power to solve this. Incidentally, these collective efforts may bring results only if they reflect the entire spectrum of views of the global community to global challenges and threats, the entire historical experience and all the cultural and civilizational diversity of the modern world.
On behalf of the Russian Federation, let me once again extend my condolences to all the families of the dead, and the governments of the countries whose nationals were on the plane which crashed on the 17 July in Ukraine.
Comments to the media by H.E. Mr. Vitaly I. Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations on situation in Ukraine and other issues.
Dear Mr. Chairman,
Ladies and gentlemen,
We are arriving at a pivotal moment for international development. The countdown to the MDGs implementation has begun. The international community is about to take stock and report on their deliverables. We shall also adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda to build upon and follow-up to the MDGs.
The Security Council reaffirms its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan.
The Security Council recognizes the threat posed by the production, trade, trafficking of illicit drugs to international peace and stability in different regions of the world and the important role played by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) in this regard.