Investing in peace for sustainable development

Sep 27, 2017

Six-year old Courage's illustration of his view of peace displayed as part of a gallery at the Wednesday@UNIC dialogue platform

UNDP Country Director Mr Georges Van Montfort has emphasized the value of promoting sustainable peace, stating that peaceful societies are not those that are devoid of conflict.

“Rather peace is sustained when individuals or communities have spaces to dialogue and can negotiate their lives while respecting the diverse interests of others. In fact, conflict is a key aspect of human existence and if well managed, can lead to positive transformation at individual and societal level”.

Chairing a dialogue forum held today at the UN Information Centre in Harare to celebrate the International Day of Peace, the Country Director highlighted the need for expanding the opportunities for tolerance and promoting peaceful co-existence in society, saying that this “this is a core investment towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and is even recognized as a specific goal: Goal 16.”

Highlighting UNDP’s contribution to Zimbabwe’s peacebuilding efforts, the Country Director explained that through the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission,  UNDP is providing technical and advisory to enhance the capacity of national and community-level institutions to perform their duties effectively.  He added that UNDP supports local peacebuilding mechanisms and approaches through partnerships with Faith-based organisations, Religious and Traditional Leaders, Local Authorities and Community Based Organisations to complement formal dispute resolution processes.

In addition, UNDP supports brokering learning and knowledge partnerships through South-South Cooperation to enhance capacity of peace actors.

The audience included representatives from the Government, UN Agencies, media, civil society and learning institutions.

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