Preventive diplomacy is absolutely vital to lasting peace – UN Secretary-General on Peace & Security

Sources The United Nations


Media – UN Secretary-General António Guterres said conflict prevention is “the very reason the United Nations exists,” adding that the Organization was created “out of the ashes of the Second World War with the intention, embedded in our Charter, to never again subject humanity to war’s inhumanity.”

Speaking today (16 Nov) at a Security Council meeting on Preventive diplomacy, Guterres said prevention does not always get the attention it deserves, possibly because its results are difficult to measure, but it is absolutely vital to lasting peace.

The Secretary-General said he has consistently used his good offices — sometimes publicly, sometimes behind the scenes — to seek to defuse conflicts and advance peace. He reiterated that his agenda of prevention calls for a surge in diplomacy for peace, as well as a better integration of prevention and risk-assessment across UN decision-making.

This, the Secretary-General added, includes connecting the dots among all drivers of conflict — including poverty, inequalities, and climate change.




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