Guterres: Instead of responding to crises, we need to invest far more into prevention
07.03.2018 15:42 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of this week, while speaking within the UN Assembly meeting, and presenting his report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said the imbalance between spending on conflict, and spending on peace, must be tackled head-on, UN Radio reports.
As to the report, Guterres urged the United Nations to rally all international actors «for our efforts across the peace continuum from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable long-term development».
«Two years ago, the General Assembly and the Security Council came together to send a clear joint message: while Member States have primary responsibility for building and maintaining peace, we can all do more to strengthen the foundations of stability, wellbeing and cohesion,» he told.
As to him, the UN must offer «coherent, comprehensive and integrated support, working with Member States and other partners, before, during, and after conflict».
He explained how inclusive and sustainable development makes a critical contribution to conflict prevention.
«Sustaining peace is both a goal and a process that relies on building a common and cohesive vision of a society that takes the needs of all into account,» he stated.