11 Holy See at the UN: Integrated Approach to Peace

posted May 2, 2018, 11:42 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:43 PM ]
Statements at Plenary Session on Peace building and Sustaining Peace

On April 25 and 26, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations gave a statement during the Plenary Session of the High-Level Meeting on Peace building and Sustaining Peace and another statement during the fourth interactive session of the Meeting that was dedicated to the "UN's Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Peace."

Peace building is one of the most important activities of the United Nations, and thus it deserves the full attention of the international community. The Holy See, therefore, believes that the concept of 'Sustaining Peace' should be at the core of our efforts at the United Nations to prevent conflicts and sustain peace. It encompasses all the dimensions of prevention and peace, namely, conflict prevention, effective peace building, addressing the root causes of conflicts, and ensuring non-recurrence if conflict has erupted. If prevention is the priority, we must commit ourselves wholeheartedly to sustaining peace.

In its remarks at the Plenary Session, the Holy See said that peace building is one of the most important activities of the United Nations and underlined five priorities: that the UN should recommit itself and scale up its peace building efforts; focus on institutional and capacity building in situations of potential or impending conflicts; address effectively the illicit flow and accumulation of weapons; involve all sectors of the society, particularly men, in conflict resolution and peace building processes; and ensure justice and accountability for those responsible for atrocity crimes.