UN chief: Security Council undermined by Gaza, Ukraine deadlock

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday criticized the UN Security Council’s inadequate response to the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He suggested these conflicts have severely compromised the council’s authority.

Speaking at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Guterres noted the Security Council’s frequent deadlock on major peace and security issues.

He highlighted the lack of unity regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Israeli military actions in Gaza, calling for significant reforms in the council’s composition and working methods.

Last week, the United States vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution that sought an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

According to UN data and officials, the flow of aid into Gaza from Egypt has lessened, and worsening security conditions have hampered the distribution of available food.