UN / PEACE COMMON DEVELOPMENT

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Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that “no failure is more calamitous than the failure to prevent conflict,” and “development gains are often among the first casualties of war.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

20 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the Council dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And no failure is more calamitous than the failure to prevent conflict. Indeed, development gains are often among the first casualties of war. We see this pattern play out across the world: the closer a country is to conflict, the farther it is from sustainable and inclusive development.”
5. Med shot, Guterres at the dais
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Nine of the ten countries with the lowest Human Development Indicators have experienced conflicts or violence in the past ten years. Inequalities and lack of opportunities, decent jobs, and freedom can breed frustration and raise the spectre of violence and instability. Weak institutions and corruption increase the risk of conflict.”
7. Wide shot, Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“But just as the lack of development feeds grievances that can increase the risk of conflict, the reverse is also true. Human development lights the way to hope – promoting prevention, security, and peace. This is why advancing peace and advancing sustainable, inclusive development go hand-in-hand. Building peace means ensuring food security, access to education and skill development, healthcare, social protection, and dignity for all. Building peace means strengthening resilience to climate shocks and investing in adaptation.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Building peace means closing the digital divide and harnessing the benefits of digital inclusion, while protecting against the perils of new technologies. Building peace means balancing the scales of power and participation equally for women and creating opportunities for young people. And building peace means scaling up affordable, long-term financing for developing countries everywhere so they can invest in public goods and services for their people.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. SOUNBITE (English) Dilma Rousseff, President, New Development Bank:
“Sustainable peace requires a comprehensive approach taking into account the causes of violence, but also the social and economic situation. Poverty alone does not explain violence. And not all individuals or groups suffering from poverty resort to aggression.”
13. Wide shot, Council
14. SOUNBITE (English) Dilma Rousseff, President, New Development Bank:
“The fact is that the technological gap between developed and developing counties, especially with digital divide, is establishing new inequalities in development that we have to face.”
15. Med shot, Council
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey Sachs, President, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network / Director, Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University:
“One reason is that major wars must be fed from the outside, both with external finances and armaments. The UN Security Council could agree to choke off these awful wars by withholding external finance and armaments. This would require an agreement among the major powers.”
17. Med shot, Council
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey Sachs, President, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network / Director, Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University:
“The other reason why these wars can end quickly is that they result from economic and political factors that can be addressed through diplomacy rather than through war, by addressing the underlying political and economic factors the Security Council can establish conditions for peace and sustainable development.”
19. Med shot, Council
20. Wide shot, Council


STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (20 Nov) told the Security Council that “no failure is more calamitous than the failure to prevent conflict,” and “development gains are often among the first casualties of war.”

Speaking at a Council's meeting on promoting sustaining peace through common development, the Secretary-General said, “we see this pattern play out across the world: the closer a country is to conflict, the farther it is from sustainable and inclusive development.”

He also noted, “Nine of the ten countries with the lowest Human Development Indicators have experienced conflicts or violence in the past ten years.”

Guterres continued, “inequalities and lack of opportunities, decent jobs, and freedom can breed frustration and raise the spectre of violence and instability.”

“Weak institutions and corruption increase the risk of conflict,” he said.

“But just as the lack of development feeds grievances that can increase the risk of conflict, the reverse is also true. Human development lights the way to hope – promoting prevention, security, and peace,” added Guterres.

The Secretary-General continued,” This is why advancing peace and advancing sustainable, inclusive development go hand-in-hand. Building peace means ensuring food security, access to education and skill development, healthcare, social protection, and dignity for all. Building peace means strengthening resilience to climate shocks and investing in adaptation.”

For the Secretary-General, “Building peace means closing the digital divide and harnessing the benefits of digital inclusion, while protecting against the perils of new technologies. Building peace means balancing the scales of power and participation equally for women and creating opportunities for young people.”

He added, “and building peace means scaling up affordable, long-term financing for developing countries everywhere so they can invest in public goods and services for their people.”

Addressing the Council, Dilma Rousseff, President of the New Development Bank, said, “Sustainable peace requires a comprehensive approach taking into account the causes of violence, but also the social and economic situation.”

She continued, “Poverty alone does not explain violence. And not all individuals or groups suffering from poverty resort to aggression.”

Rousseff also said, “The fact is that the technological gap between developed and developing counties, especially with digital divide, is establishing new inequalities in development that we have to face.”

For his part, the President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Jeffrey Sachs said, “One reason is that major wars must be fed from the outside, both with external finances and armaments. The UN Security Council could agree to choke off these awful wars by withholding external finance and armaments. This would require an agreement among the major powers.”

Referring to four major ongoing conflicts, he added, “The other reason why these wars can end quickly is that they result from economic and political factors that can be addressed through diplomacy rather than through war, by addressing the underlying political and economic factors the Security Council can establish conditions for peace and sustainable development.”
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