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The culture of peace is reflected in the European Union's core values, goals, and actions.
As befits an entity that arose from the Second World War, the European Union's activities – within and beyond our borders - contribute to realising the ideals and objectives that underpin the culture of peace. Resolution 53/243 encapsulates ideas and commitments whose relevance is just as pertinent today as was the case in 1999 and we welcome the opportunity that this High-Level Forum provides to give impetus to the Declaration and Programme of Action.
As we mark the 20th anniversary today of the Declaration and Programme of Action, it is an opportune moment to remind ourselves of the importance of the eight action areas and their interlinkages in the pursuit of peace.
Today's complex threats and challenges require complex, articulated responses incorporating elements of education, development, democratic participation, respect for human rights and equality between men and women as prescribed by the culture of peace.
Believing in the culture of peace means translating peace into action. This is a long-term process requiring a transformation of humanity as the motto of today's event suggests. But for humanity to transform, institutional practices and individual modes of behaviour have to change first. In order to become entrenched, a culture of peace requires understanding, tolerance and dialogue and cooperation. Only in cooperation and partnership with others can we have a real impact in ensuring sustainable development, peace and security and promotion and protection of human rights for all.
This sense for partnership has to translate into effective multilateralism based on a rules-based international order. The European Union believes in a multilateral system that protects the global commons, promotes shared public goods and delivers benefits for citizens across the globe. Cooperation through effective multilateralism remains the best way to advance national as well as collective interests. This applies to all pillars of work that we pursue collectively here at the UN in the pursuit of peace: development through the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals; peace and security through the peacebuilding and peace keeping missions and the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and human rights on the basis of the Universal Declaration.
The EU will remain engaged in all these important areas through the implementation of its policies, programmes and strategies and will continue working in close cooperation and partnership with the international community.
We thank you for today's event and look forward to the panel discussion this afternoon to deepen the reflection on empowering and transforming humanity.