Significant progress made in advancing peacebuilding: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has made significant progress in advancing the peacebuilding agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the UN Security Council Thursday.

In remarks during the Council's open-debate on post-conflict peace building, the Secretary-General noted that despite the strides we have made, major peacebuilding challenges remain.

He said many countries continue to experience instability years after the end of armed conflict, with high levels of relapse into violence, adding that ninety per cent of the conflicts between 2000 and 2009 occurred in countries that had previously experienced civil war.

“The reasons for relapse vary by country, but there is a common thread: a deficit of trust in the wake of conflict – between different political parties and social groups, between state and society, and between the state and its international partners. Experience has revealed three elements that are critical to preventing relapse and producing more resilient states and societies: inclusivity, institution-building, and sustained international support.”

Secretary-General Ban said inclusive approaches to peacebuilding begin with political settlements and convincing all parties to a conflict that their core objectives can be resolved through dialogue and negotiation, rather than a recourse to violence.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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