“Peace Studies in the 21st Century and Mongolia” International Conference

Oct 24, 2014

 Opening Speech by Sezin Sinanoglu, UN Resident Coordinator

“Peace Studies in the 21st Century and Mongolia” International Conference

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

24 October 2014

  • Your Excellency, Vice Minister Gankhuyag,
  • Dear Mr. Jargalsaikhan, Secretary General of the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO,
  • Distinguished Guests,
  • Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be with you today. First of all, I would like to congratulate the organizers for organizing the first international research conference on peace studies in Mongolia. And a warm welcome to the participants from Japan, Korea, Canada, Russia, and of cause Mongolia.

Every year the world marks the United Nations Day on the 24th October. I am especially honored to discuss about PEACE today. United Nations was established in 1945 after the Second World War. Its ultimate goal is to promote peace and security and to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in the last century has brought untold sorrow to mankind.

Since its creation, the United Nations has often been called upon to prevent disputes from escalating into war, or to help restore peace when armed conflict does break out, and to promote lasting peace in societies emerging from wars. I cannot emphasize more the role of peacekeepers in general and Mongolian peacekeepers in particular in maintaining world peace. The UN is very grateful for their personal and professional commitment to support the peace building process in countries in need.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the 1st World War. We have learned a lot since then.

The most important lesson being “Peace is not a given it cannot be taken for granted”. We need to nurture and protect it.

In today’s world, peace is fragile. There are many conflicts all around us. On the surface they may look different but most conflicts stem from

  • Unequal and non-inclusive development – leading to poverty and misery
  • Degraded and unhealthy environments
  • Lack of democracy rule of law and voice
  • Discrimination and marginalization  

Peace comes from investment in human development, in giving people opportunities for personal and societal growth and enrichment. It comes from sustainable development solutions that do not take away from our environment but ensure we protect biodiversity, land, air and water. Peace comes from democracy, good governance and full participation.

That is why United Nations is not just about peace but peace and development. It is about eliminating poverty and reducing inequality. It is about human rights and giving voices to people. It is also about promoting environmental sustainability. Behind all of this is the conviction that lasting international peace and security are possible only if the economic and social well-being of people everywhere is assured.

United Nations development efforts have profoundly affected the lives and well-being of millions of people throughout the world. The Millennium Development Goals have inspired the most successful antipoverty campaign ever.  MDGs were not just development agenda. They were a human rights agenda.

Now when MDGs are coming to an end in 2015, the world is developing a set of Sustainable Development Goals. Seventeen SDGs that aim to address the unfinished agenda of the MDGs. The SGDs were developed as a result of extensive consultations with the governments, civil society and citizens around the globe. Mongolia has contributed to these discussions and will continue to do so.

1.SDGs will be at the center of the development agenda in the years to come. I truly hope they will they will be taken on board in Mongolia as well.

2.All for the purpose of peace.

3.“At this critical moment”, I would like “to reaffirm UN’s commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable” and making DEVELOPMENT to work for PEACE.

4.Thank you for studying peace.

5.Wish you fruitful discussions and Happy UN Day!

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