UN / PEACEBUILDING GUTERRES

25-Apr-2018 00:01:53
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that it could contribute to peacebuilding and sustaining peace stressing that investment in conflict prevention “pays off in human lives, in financial savings and in development gains.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / PEACEBUILDING GUTERRES
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DATELINE: 25 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

25 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Investment in prevention pays off in human lives, in financial savings and in development gains. Sustainable, inclusive development, deeply rooted in respect for all human rights, economic, social, cultural, civil and political, is an end in itself. But it is also the world’s best preventive tool against violent conflict and instability.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Sustaining peace requires support for inclusivity, particularly of those who are frequently marginalized and excluded. That means women and girls, the elderly, the young, people with disabilities and minorities of all kinds. Women’s empowerment through meaningful participation is a proven way to deepen the effectiveness and sustainability of peacebuilding. And this Council has the means to ensure greater inclusion and success, by more consistently applying your own robust agenda on women, peace and security.”
6. Med shot, Foreign Minister of Cote D’Ivoire
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need peace operations that are better able to respond to the specific needs and contexts of the countries where they operate, adapt to evolving conditions on the ground, and leave when their job is done. Key conditions for success will be clear, defined, more focused mandates, a long-term view, and adequate exit strategies.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Peacebuilding Fund is a key instrument to drive coherence across all our peacebuilding activities and partnerships, and a catalyst for others to take action. I repeat my call for a quantum leap in Member State support for the essential work of the Peacebuilding Fund.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that it could contribute to peacebuilding and sustaining peace stressing that investment in conflict prevention “pays off in human lives, in financial savings and in development gains.”

Addressing the Council today (25 Apr), Guterres said peacebuilding and sustaining peace require strong partnerships beyond the United Nations, in support of nationally-owned solutions including regional and sub-regional organizations, international financial institutions, and donors, the business community, civil society and local actors. He said, “Sustainable, inclusive development, deeply rooted in respect for all human rights, economic, social, cultural, civil and political, is an end in itself; but it is also the world’s best preventive tool against violent conflict and instability.” He added that the Peacebuilding Commission could bring far greater coherence to international efforts as demonstrated in the Sahel.

The UN chief stressed that sustaining peace required “support for inclusivity, particularly of those who are frequently marginalized and excluded; that means women and girls, the elderly, the young, people with disabilities and minorities of all kinds.” He said the Security Council had the means to ensure greater inclusion and success, by more consistently applying it agenda on women, peace and security.

Guterres said UN peacekeepers have a particularly critical role on the frontlines of international efforts. He said, “We need peace operations that are better able to respond to the specific needs and contexts of the countries where they operate, adapt to evolving conditions on the ground, and leave when their job is done; key conditions for success will be clear, defined, more focused mandates, a long-term view, and adequate exit strategies.”

The Secretary-General said he had set out several options to increase, restructure and better prioritize funding dedicated to UN peacebuilding activities, including assessed and voluntary contributions and innovative financing. He emphasized that the Peacebuilding Fund “is a key instrument to drive coherence across all our peacebuilding activities and partnerships, and a catalyst for others to take action.” He repeated his called for “a quantum leap in Member State support for the essential work of the Peacebuilding Fund, and look forward to further discussion on these options.”

The Ministerial meeting of the Security Council comes on the sidelines of a High-Level meeting of the General Assembly on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace. Guterres said he looks forward to the adoption of a General Assembly resolution outlining the path ahead in this regard.
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