UN must plant seeds for sustained peace

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Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), addresses the Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
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The UN must plant the seeds today for a sustained peace tomorrow, according to Costa Rica's nominee for the post of Secretary-General.

Christina Figueres spoke during Thursday's General Assembly Informal Dialogues where candidates are invited to state their case and take questions from Member States and civil society groups.

She is the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Peace does not begin with a crisis nor end when the hostilities cease, the Costa Rican diplomat told delegates at the UN General Assembly.

Christina Figueres detailed her four priorities if ever she were to become the next Secretary-General.

She underscored the importance of focusing on deeper and longer-term peacebuilding efforts rather than being more preoccupied with addressing immediate crises.

"Planting the seeds today for a sustained peace tomorrow…  What I mean by that is although we have all agreed to what the term peacebuilding means I would suggest that a broader understanding of peacebuilding would lead us to understand that you do not begin to build peace after conflicts are settled but that you would build peace across an entire value chain that certainly has to do with social and environmental stability, fortunately now with a very clear framework under Agenda 2030 and has to be based on human rights and the rule of law."

Ms Figueres is one of the six women and men who have been nominated by their governments to lead the organisation after the current chief Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of the year.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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