The Framework for Peace, Security and Cooperation – a foundation for peace and stability: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

The Framework for Peace, Security and Cooperation for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region, signed by 11 African countries gives the people of eastern DRC their best chance in many years for peace, human rights and economic development.

That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters Wednesday after briefing the Security Council on his recent trip to Africa.

He described the Framework as a foundation for stability and progress for the entire Great Lakes region.

But he noted that security is only one element of a much larger political process.

According to Secretary-General Ban, a peace deal must deliver a peace dividend — health, education, jobs, opportunity.

That is why World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim announced an extra $1 billion dollars in Kinshasa last week to support social safety nets, cross-border trade, energy and essential infrastructure.

“These new investments will boost to the work both our organizations are doing to support sustainable economic growth in the Great Lakes region. The region has enormous potential for those with the vision and courage to invest – governments and private investors alike. On energy alone, geothermal, methane and hydro resources mean DRC and the Great Lakes could be a powerhouse.”

Secretary-General Ban says there is no reason the DRC cannot follow the development path of countries like Mozambique, which after a bitter civil war for 16 years, has peace and economic growth for the past two decades.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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