A top leadership scholar and expert called for a focus on the source of the Ukraine crisis. The acting director of Maxwell Leadership Institute called on the United Nations to implement specific and direct actions. In another emergency special session on Ukraine, Kenneth-Maxwell Nance called for the use of the “Uniting for Peace” resolution. An initial emergency session held by the United Nations had predetermined outcomes. That is to say, the body’s actions do not intervene directly with the source of the crisis with a sensitivity to the timely preservation of life.
First, understanding the International Criminal Court (ICC) relies on other nations to arrest and transfer those who commit crimes. Secondly, the ICC has limitation. States should cooperate with the court to improve its capacity to administer justice. The ICC get its funding from member countries. In addition, the International Criminal Court receives funding from the United Nations.
What body of nations can create rules and draw consensus better than the United Nations? Under resolution 377A(V), “Uniting for peace”, adopted by the General Assembly on 3 November 1950, an “emergency special session” can be convened within 24 hours. The resolution:
“Resolves that if the Security Council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security in any case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression, the General Assembly shall consider the matter immediately with a view to making appropriate recommendations to Members for collective measures, including in the case of a breach of the peace or act of aggression the use of armed force when necessary, to maintain or restore international peace and security. If not in session at the time, the General Assembly may meet in emergency special session within twenty-four hours of the request therefor. Such emergency special session shall be called if requested by the Security Council on the vote of any seven members, or by a majority of the Members of the United Nations”.(www.un.org)
Above all and beyond the work of UNHCR, the initial emergency session, the UN must take specific actions to stop the loss of life. Meanwhile, in what appears to be an autocracy, the head of state in Russia needs to be held accountable. A united body that stands for peace and respect of life should organize an intervention that addresses the source of the crisis.