Working Together to Fulfill Our Noble Responsibility for Common Peace and Security
Statement by H.E. Wang Yi
State Councilor and Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China
at the Security Council Open Debate
on the Maintenance of International Peace and Security
26 September 2018
Safeguarding world peace and security is the primary responsibility of the Security Council entrusted by the UN Charter and a shared responsibility of all the Council members.
Facing complex challenges to international peace and security, how can the Security Council fulfill its responsibility and play its due role? This is a question that deserves serious consideration. In this context, China would like to suggest the following:
- The Security Council should remain committed to performing its duties under the Charter in a just manner. It should uphold multilateralism, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and universally-recognized international law and basic norms governing international relations, and safeguard the authority and role of the United Nations in international affairs as well as the sovereignty, independence and legitimate rights and interests of all countries.
- The Security Council should remain committed to the basic orientation of political resolution. It should act as a strong advocate and be closely engaged in efforts for political settlement, and work to resolve differences and disputes through dialogue and consultation. It should enhance preventive diplomacy with effective use of good offices, mediation, peacekeeping and peace building in the service of the general objective of political resolution.
- The Security Council should remain committed to enhancing solidarity and consensus building. Keeping in mind their responsibility for safeguarding world peace and security, Council members should enhance solidarity and coordination, reject geopolitical maneuvering, and work together to ensure that the Security Council functions effectively and the common interests of broad members of the UN are upheld.