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II.1 A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility High-Level Panel On Threats, Challenges And Change, 2 December 2004

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When United Nations founders spoke of creating a new system of collective security they meant it in the traditional military sense: a system in which States join together and pledge that aggression against one is aggression against all, and commit themselves in that event to react collectively. The central challenge for the twenty-first century is to fashion a new and broader understanding of what collective security means. In describing how to meet the challenge of prevention, the chapter begins with development because it is the indispensable foundation for a collective security system that takes prevention seriously. The chapter addresses the circumstances in which effective collective security may require the backing of military force. A strong Secretary-General at the head of a more professional and better organized Secretariat is an essential component of any effective system for collective security in the twenty-first century.

Keywords: challenge of prevention; collective security; security consensus; United Nations reforms



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