UN / PREVENTION AND MEDIATION

12-Jun-2019 00:03:13
Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that “prevention and mediation will not work without broader political efforts,” urging Council members, and all Member States, to “strive for greater unity so that prevention and mediation efforts are as effective as possible.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / PREVENTION AND MEDIATION
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DATELINE: 12 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

12 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Prevention and mediation will not work without broader political efforts. I urge Council members, and all Member States, to strive for greater unity so that prevention and mediation efforts are as effective as possible. That is the only way to meet our responsibilities to the people we serve.”
4.Variou shots, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Robinson, Former President, Ireland:
“The UN Security Council should be seen as an instrument of deliverance, a defender of rights and a provider of protection. But too often over the decades, the Council, and particularly, its five permanent members, has failed to live up to its responsibilities and has favoured realpolitik or short-term power stratagems rather than meeting the solemn commitments outlined in the UN Charter. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the repeated use of the veto by certain permanent members on resolutions aimed to prevent mass atrocities, including the use of chemical weapons on civilians.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Robinson, Former President, Ireland:
“Everyone here in this room will recognise that prevention is by far the most effective way to deal with conflicts. But this should not be narrowly viewed in terms of securing immediate security and stability, or distorted to justify deals with unscrupulous leaders who pay lip-service to peace and mediation as a way to retain power without ever taking the necessary steps to address the root causes of conflict and division.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary Robinson, Former President, Ireland:
“Similarly, social media, while being a powerful tool for connecting people around the world, has also been used as a tool for enabling violent extremism, and for spreading misinformation which has contributed to violence and social unrest. There is additionally an urgent need to develop global norms and rules around cyber conflict prevention.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary-General:
“Strong multilateral regional institutions are essential for the maintenance of peace and security, both as forum for dialogue and as mechanism for economic and political cooperation between states.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary-General:
“Regarding the Iranian nuclear issue, I am deeply concerned by the US decision to withdraw from the JCPOA because it not only weakens the regional stability of the Middle East, but also sends the wrong signal to ongoing negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear issues.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that “prevention and mediation will not work without broader political efforts,” urging Council members, and all Member States, to “strive for greater unity so that prevention and mediation efforts are as effective as possible.”

Speaking at a Security Council meeting on conflict prevention and mediation today (12 Jun) , UN chief António Guterres reiterated that Conflict prevention and mediation are two of the most important tools at disposal to reduce human suffering.

He noted that Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter sets out a broad range of tools for parties to use to prevent and resolve conflict: “Negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peace means of their own choice.”
Guterres urged governments to make full use of these tools, and the Security Council to use its own authority to call on parties to pursue them.

Speaking in her capacity as Chair of The Elders, a group of independent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, Mary Robinson said, “the UN Security Council should be seen as an instrument of deliverance, a defender of rights and a provider of protection. But too often over the decades, the Council, and particularly, its five permanent members, has failed to live up to its responsibilities and has favoured realpolitik or short-term power stratagems rather than meeting the solemn commitments outlined in the UN Charter.”

The former Irish President continued, “nowhere has this been more apparent than in the repeated use of the veto by certain permanent members on resolutions aimed to prevent mass atrocities, including the use of chemical weapons on civilians.”

On the importance of prevention, Robison reiterated, “everyone here in this room will recognise that prevention is by far the most effective way to deal with conflicts.”

However, she added, “this should not be narrowly viewed in terms of securing immediate security and stability, or distorted to justify deals with unscrupulous leaders who pay lip-service to peace and mediation as a way to retain power without ever taking the necessary steps to address the root causes of conflict and division.”

Robinson also noted that the Security Council need a more holistic approach to conflict prevention, including climate change.

On the impact of technology, Robinson noted, “social media, while being a powerful tool for connecting people around the world, has also been used as a tool for enabling violent extremism, and for spreading misinformation which has contributed to violence and social unrest.”
She stated, “there is additionally an urgent need to develop global norms and rules around cyber conflict prevention.”

Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary-General also addressed the Council. He said, “strong multilateral regional institutions are essential for the maintenance of peace and security, both as forum for dialogue and as mechanism for economic and political cooperation between states.”

Stating that the international community is confronted with two serious challenges with nuclear non-proliferation, Ban said, “regarding the Iranian nuclear issue, I am deeply concerned by the US decision to withdraw from the JCPOA because it not only weakens the regional stability of the Middle East, but also sends the wrong signal to ongoing negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear issues.”
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