UNGA President puts conflict prevention among priorities for 2018


UNITED NATIONS, Jan 13 (APP):Conflict prevention is among the priorities of the United Nations General Assembly for the remainder of the current session through September 2018, the President of the main UN deliberative and policymaking body has said.
In a briefing session of the 193-member Assembly on Friday, President Miroslav Lajcak said that in relation to sustaining a more peaceful world, conflict prevention, partnership-building, more funding and better integration within the UN system were key, as he outlined his priorities for 2018.
“We need a stronger focus on peace when it still exists. We should be acting faster, and sooner, when there is a peace to keep, rather than scrambling for solutions once it has been lost,” he said.
Lajcak also called for an agreement by the nations of the world on a comprehensive global compact on migration. Speaking of partnerships, Lajcak noted that “we need to make existing partnerships more active and efficient. And we need to create new ones.”
As for financing, the president said that the UN’s peacebuilding and sustaining peace activities “are chronically underfunded.”
“By adopting the 2016 Sustaining Peace resolutions, we committed to addressing this issue. The Secretary-General’s report, due to be released next month, is likely to contain concrete proposals. We need to give them serious consideration.”
Referring to integration, he said, “sustaining Peace is not a task for one office, or one team at the United Nations. Instead, it must be mainstreamed.”
The General Assembly president also called for the participation of women and youth “when it comes to Sustaining Peace.”
“Women and young people play a major role in building and preserving peace. Their experiences and ideas must be seen and listened to,” he said.