UN / SUSTAINING PEACE AND PANDEMICS

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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that member states’ commitment to sustaining peace “is more urgent than ever,” as the COVID-19 pandemic “threatens not only hard-won development and peacebuilding gains, but also risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Aerial shot, exterior UN Headquarters

12 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The pandemic threatens not only hard-won development and peacebuilding gains, but also risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones. Questions are growing about the effectiveness of health systems, social services, trust in institutions and systems of governance. All of this means that our commitment to sustaining peace is more urgent than ever.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“COVID-19 is a human tragedy, but we can mitigate the impacts by the choices we make. More than ever, multidimensional, coordinated and conflict-sensitive responses and whole-of-society approaches are crucial. They are key to ensuring that peacebuilding and sustaining peace initiatives go hand-in-hand with inclusive and sustainable development, anchored in the protection and promotion of human rights, gender equality, and the commitment to leave no one behind. The world is looking to all leaders -- including the Council -- to address this epic crisis in ways that make a concrete, meaningful and positive contribution to the lives of people.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Global solidarity has been loosened, while multilateralism has been under threat. This jeopardizes ongoing international efforts to sustain peace or may even cause a reversal in hard-won peace and security gains to date. Meanwhile, as the pandemic places states under huge pressure, some see opportunities to ramp up attacks.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Even during the COVID-19 crisis the ideals of the underlying spirit of the twin resolutions which empowers the crucial roles of local communities, women and young people should be further built upon. Indeed, I believe the United Nations and its member states have a generational opportunity to use this concept to help build back better, further catalyse greater inclusivity and steer humanity and our planet towards a more peaceful and sustainable future. The UN must elevate its efforts to harness this pandemic as a gateway to a brighter world.”
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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today (12 Aug) told the Security Council that member states’ commitment to sustaining peace “is more urgent than ever,” as the COVID-19 pandemic “threatens not only hard-won development and peacebuilding gains, but also risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones.”

Guterres said, “questions are growing about the effectiveness of health systems, social services, trust in institutions and systems of governance” and highlighted three key dangers to sustaining peace.

These include erosion of public trust, destabilization of the global economic order, and the weakening of the social fabric.

He said, COVID-19 “is a human tragedy” but is impacts can be mitigated “by the choices we make.”

The Secretary-General said, “more than ever, multidimensional, coordinated and conflict-sensitive responses and whole-of-society approaches are crucial,” as they are “key to ensuring that peacebuilding and sustaining peace initiatives go hand-in-hand with inclusive and sustainable development, anchored in the protection and promotion of human rights, gender equality, and the commitment to leave no one behind.”

Also briefing the Council, former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that in the context of the pandemic, “global solidarity has been loosened, while multilateralism has been under threat,” and this “jeopardizes ongoing international efforts to sustain peace or may even cause a reversal in hard-won peace and security gains to date.”

The pandemic, he said, “places states under huge pressure,” and some groups some see opportunities to ramp up attacks,” citing surges in violence in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mexico.

Ban said, “even during the COVID-19 crisis the ideals of the underlying spirit” of the 2016 twin resolutions from the General Assembly and the Security Council on peacebuilding, “which empowers the crucial roles of local communities, women and young people should be further built upon.”

He said the United Nations and its member states “have a generational opportunity to use this concept to help build back better, further catalyse greater inclusivity and steer humanity and our planet towards a more peaceful and sustainable future.”

Today’s the open debate, convened by Indonesia, which holds the presidency of the council for the month of August, aimed at exchanging views on the impacts of COVID-19 on sustaining peace and exploring how more effective support can be harnessed for countries affected by or emerging from conflicts.
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