NEW YORK, JANUARY 24 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the importance of recognizing the links between sustainable development and sustaining peace amid such intertwined global challenges as rising inequality, protracted conflicts and climate change.
“We need a global response that addresses the root causes of conflict, and integrates peace, sustainable development and human rights in a holistic way – from conception to execution,” Mr. Guterres told the UN General Assembly high-level dialogue, on ‘Building sustainable peace for all: synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustaining peace.’
The universal nature of the 2030 Agenda – adopted by the Assembly in September 2015 as a plan to tackle poverty, inequality and other global challenges – and its pledge to leave no one behind ties it to sustaining peace, he explained.
“Our priority is prevention – prevention of conflict, of the worst effects of natural disasters, and of other manmade threats to the cohesion and wellbeing of societies,” Mr. Guterres stressed, noting that the best means of prevention, and of sustaining peace, is inclusive and sustainable development.
Investing in sustaining peace means investing in basic services, bringing humanitarian and development agencies together, building more effective and accountable institutions, protecting human rights, promoting social cohesion and diversity, ensuring the meaningful participation of women and girls in all areas of society and moving to sustainable energy, he said.
As indicated three weeks ago to the UN Security Council three weeks ago by Foreign Minister, Angelino Alfano, Italy has three objectives for the collective peace agenda: a comprehensive reform of the peacekeeping and peacebuilding architecture, the effective use of early warning indicators and a new focus on the root causes of instability.
Italy is determined to “build peace for tomorrow,” said an Italian delegate to the UNGA: “This is what will drive our global actions, in line with Agenda 2030’s commitment to tackle the root causes of conflict”.
In this spirit, Italy has joined with its partners in the Mediterranean and Africa in a longstanding commitment: Access to Justice, Accountability, Transparency, Due Diligence, and Anti-Corruption drive our action in unison with Countries that have been working with Italy on strengthening institutions. Agriculture, Energy, the Environment, and Infrastructure are the themes of the partnership, and they were tackled by the first Italy-Africa conference held in Rome last year. Food Security is a central theme that Italy addresses through traditional support to FAO and WFP and by finding innovative ways to invest in inclusive rural transformation, which is the subject of Wednesday’s conference in Rome with IFAD on smallholder farmers financing and rural SMEs. Access to Water, Sustainable Ocean Management and Climate Change Mitigation are at the core of our endeavors with small islands, from the Caribbean to the Pacific. (@OnuItalia)