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UN Secretary General: “our world is going backwards with growing violent conflicts”

In his address to the General Assembly high-level meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace ongoing in New York (April 24 – 26, 2018) UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres made very heart touching and salient statements on the security concerns in the world.

Guterres remarked that they (world leaders) must recognize that in some fundamental ways, our world is going backward as more countries are experiencing violent conflict than at any time in nearly three decades.

Growing Insecurity from terrorism, civil wars, tribal conflicts, food challenges, nationalistic quests, drugs, migration crisis and many others have made the common man to wonder about the rule of supra-national bodies in redressing such.

In the case Africa for example, according to statista data report, Sub Saharan Africa recorded 13 disputes, 19 non-violent crisis, 48 violent crisis, 3 limited wars and 10 wars in 2017.

The UN General Secretariat must be tired of such reports in its offices worldwide

Here is a highlight of the Secretary General’s remarks

UN Secretary-General’s remarks to the General Assembly high-level meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace

“Thank you for this opportunity to renew our joint commitment to build and sustain peace….

Two years ago, the General Assembly and the Security Council sent an unequivocal message by passing ambitious twin resolutions pledging to work better together to sustain peace “at all stages of conflict, and in all its dimensions.”…

Two years on, it is time to look at progress and forge a common path ahead.

No one can doubt the many benefits of globalization: the integration of the world’s economies; the expansion of trade; the reduction in poverty and improvements in living standards; the stunning advances in technology.

But at the same time, we must recognize that in some fundamental ways, our world is going backwards.
More countries are experiencing violent conflict than at any time in nearly three decades.

Record numbers of civilians are being killed or injured by explosive weapons in urban areas.

Record numbers of people are on the move, displaced by violence, war and persecution.

We see horrific violations of human rights, and rising nationalism, racism and xenophobia.

Inequalities are increasing; whole regions, countries and communities can find themselves isolated from progress and left behind by growth. Women and girls face discrimination of all kinds.
These are all indications that we need greater unity and courage – to ease the fears of the people we serve; to set the world on track to a better future; and to lay the foundations of sustainable peace and development.

I hope this High-level Meeting will build greater momentum to implement the resolutions passed in 2016 towards sustaining peace.

Mr. President, Excellencies,

The central message of my report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace is that we need to enhance the coherence of international efforts in support of national governments and their people…

To achieve greater coherence, we are strengthening partnerships around all our efforts, and at every stage along the peace continuum from conflict prevention and resolution to peacekeeping, peacebuilding and long-term development….

Sustaining peace will only be realized through committed, inclusive national ownership that considers the needs of the most marginalized, including women, young people, minorities and people with disabilities….

Above all, sustainable, inclusive development, deeply rooted in respect for all human rights – economic, social, cultural, civil and political – is the world’s best preventive tool against violent conflict and instability.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is our common blueprint for more peaceful, stable, resilient group of societies.

Sustainable development is an end in itself. But it also makes a critical contribution to preventing conflict.

Investing in sustained peace means investing in basic services, bringing humanitarian and development agencies together, building effective and accountable institutions, protecting human rights, promoting social cohesion and diversity and moving to sustainable energy.

Quality education and decent jobs and training for young people are fundamental…

From the above strong remarks it can be analyzed that the UN stands to strike a balance and why not eliminate growing tensions between member governments and their people.

A task which is rather difficult or even more than the bureau pathologized body.

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as much as the UN cherishes democratic values such as respect for human rights, freedoms, and right to self-determination, it as well much cherishes the protection of the interest of member states in times of conflicts”.


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  1. Ndicha Donald Wango

    The UN is a toothless bold dog . They have good ideas but to implement these ideas is a problem. Now the question is what is her greatest challenge in putting these ideas into practice?

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