Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York


EU Statement by Commissioner Mimica at the United Nations General Assembly: High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

New York, 24/04/2018 - 19:33, UNIQUE ID: 180424_53
Statements on behalf of the EU

24 April 2018, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by H.E. Mr. Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, at the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

Mr. Secretary-General, Mr. President of the General Assembly, Excellences, Heads of State and Government, Ministers, distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

  • This High-Level Meeting represents a landmark in our joint efforts to strengthen the United Nation`s work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. We welcome the vision of the Secretary-General as presented in his Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace pursuant to the 2016 twin resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council on the review of the Peacebuilding Architecture, driven by the endeavour to pursue peace in a more efficient, effective and impactful way.


  • We would like to see these efforts continue through this High-Level Meeting and beyond, as promulgated by the consensual draft GA resolution, expressing our determination to further implement these objectives, and pave the way to the next review of the peacebuilding architecture scheduled for 2020.


  • Sustaining peace is the joint responsibility of governments and societies, and should flow through all three pillars – peace and security, development and human rights – of the United Nations. We are encouraged by the progress achieved so far, including through the diversified activities of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Support Office, which play a `hinge role` in integrating cross-pillar action at the UN, and merit the attention and sustained support of the entire membership.


  • Sustaining Peace provides a valuable framework to phase the UN reform agendas on peace and security, management and development into a mutually reinforcing and coherent package.


  • It will demand the full use of the UN’s political tools, including the use of preventive diplomacy and mediation. Peacebuilding and sustaining peace is inherently linked to democratic governance and the rule of law and operate in the context of inclusive political settlements.


  • As the Secretary-General noted, “an emphasis on human rights lies at the heart of conflict prevention, which must be our highest priority”. Sustaining peace also requires that human rights and fundamental freedoms are respected, protected and fulfilled.


  • Inclusive economic development and strengthening resilience also lie at the core of prevention. The EU is keen to pursue closer cooperation and sharing of best practices with multilateral partners. Our cooperation with the UN and the World Bank on Recovery and Peace-Building Assessments in a number of post-conflict countries is promising. 


  • We stress the need to enhance the UN development system’s capacity to address the root causes of instability, vulnerability, exclusion and violent conflict in line with Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and SDG16 for peaceful, just and inclusive societies. We would also like to see a more strengthened linkage between humanitarian, development and peacebuilding activities and we stress the important role of the Resident Coordinator in this respect.


  • Fostering coherence and coordination is one of the golden threads of the EU’s Global Strategy adopted in 2016. Last year we adopted a strategic approach to resilience in external action. Further, the European Consensus on Development will contribute to building the resilience of individuals, societies and states.  


  • The EU’s Integrated Approach provides the framework for a more holistic engagement to external conflicts and crises, promoting human security. It involves conflict resolution and mediation, stresses the importance of local ownership, inclusiveness, sustainability of actions, by engaging with national and local authorities, communities and the civil society. It also stresses the need for a strong multilateral approach.


  • We welcome the continued emphasis on the empowerment of women and youth and the link between inclusive peacebuilding and community-level engagement.


  • We would also like to stress the need to work closely with key international and regional partners. The UN’s partnership with the World Bank is especially important to ensure each brings their comparative advantage to sustaining peace, also illustrated by the joint UN-WB study `Pathways for Peace`.

Mr. President,

  • Peace is the core value and purpose of the UN. The Charter encourages us to take effective collective measures and to achieve international co-operation to strengthen universal peace. The UN is meant "to be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends". As a staunch supporter of multilateralism, the EU welcomes the UN’s ambition to lead the path in our common engagement to build and sustain peace.

Thank you.


* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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