UN / FRAGILITY AND CONFLICT

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Secretary-General António Guterres said fragility and conflict “are among the greatest obstacles to implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” and even before the COVID-19 pandemic, “the conflict landscape was deteriorating.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 06 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters

06 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Fragility and conflict are among the greatest obstacles to implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict landscape was deteriorating. Conflicts have become more complex, fuelled by greater regionalization, the proliferation of non-State armed groups, and their linkages with criminal and even terrorist interests. They last longer and become more difficult to resolve.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The linkages between conflict and fragility have been particularly visible in the African continent. In the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, fragility has been exacerbated by transboundary threats such as climate change, terrorism, transnational organized crime, and the proliferation of armed groups. In the Great Lakes and Central African region, limited state authority, the continued presence and activities of armed groups, human rights violations, illicit exploitation of natural resources and unemployment continue to drive instability. To address these trends, the United Nations has worked closely with the African Union and regional economic communities.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (French) Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission (AUC):
“State fragility remains a major obstacle for development in Africa. Overcoming this challenge is an absolute priority for the African Union. It remains one of priorities on the international agenda. From its inception the African Union has adopted a number of policies, instruments and mechanisms to support its member states and reinforce their capacity to prevent conflicts and tensions that constitute an obstacle and threaten their peace, stability, and development.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President, Liberia:
“You know that unattended issues of societies fester and deepen fragility, which often leads to violent conflicts. Excellency, you also know that early interventions which support local responses to governance and poverty fault lines, can build resistance. You have also seen that women peace and security actors can help put out a small smouldering fire before it becomes a major conflagration.”
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STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (6 Jan) said fragility and conflict “are among the greatest obstacles to implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” and even before the COVID-19 pandemic, “the conflict landscape was deteriorating.”

In his remarks to a high-level open videoconference (VTC) Security Council debate on “challenges of maintaining peace and security in fragile contexts,” the Secretary-General said, “conflicts have become more complex, fuelled by greater regionalization, the proliferation of non-State armed groups, and their linkages with criminal and even terrorist interests. They last longer and become more difficult to resolve.”

Guterres said, “the linkages between conflict and fragility have been particularly visible in the African continent,” including in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, where “fragility has been exacerbated by transboundary threats such as climate change, terrorism, transnational organized crime, and the proliferation of armed groups.”

In the Great Lakes and Central African region, he said, “limited state authority, the continued presence and activities of armed groups, human rights violations, illicit exploitation of natural resources and unemployment continue to drive instability.”

To address these trends, the Secretary-General added, the United Nations “has worked closely with the African Union and regional economic communities.”

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) told the meeting that “state fragility remains a major obstacle for development in Africa.”

He said, “overcoming this challenge is an absolute priority for the African Union. It remains one of priorities on the international agenda. From its inception the African Union has adopted a number of policies, instruments and mechanisms to support its member states and reinforce their capacity to prevent conflicts and tensions that constitute an obstacle and threaten their peace, stability, and development.”

For her part, the former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, “unattended issues of societies fester and deepen fragility, which often leads to violent conflicts.”

She said, “early interventions which support local responses to governance and poverty fault lines, can build resistance,” and “women peace and security actors can help put out a small smouldering fire before it becomes a major conflagration.”

The open debate hosted by Tunisia’s January Council presidency, deliberated on how the Council can be better informed by local actors and communities about the interaction between conflict and fragility; and how stronger cooperation with regional and subregional actors can help address fragility related to conflict.
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