General Assembly holds debate on "Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies"

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The importance of stable and peaceful societies for the realization of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda is being debated by the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Diplomats and senior UN officials are participating in the two-day meeting which has been convened by the President of the General Assembly John Ashe.

His spokesperson Afaf Konja says stability and peace both between and within societies is essential for progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for future poverty goals.

"The primary objective of the thematic debate is to provide a platform for Member States and other relevant stakeholders to reflect and deliberate on this theme, with a view to identifying concrete ways in which stable and peaceful societies can contribute to the ongoing process of sustainable development in the context of the post 2015 development agenda." (24")

The debate will focus on a number of issues including partnerships to deal with weak institutions, corruption, illicit financial flows and lack good governance.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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