International Day of Peace: Didier Reynders pays tribute to the work of the UN
On the occasion of the United Nations "International Day of Peace", Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders pays tribute to the crucial work achieved by the United Nations in this field. The Charter of the United Nations lays out several major principles for establishing peace: absence of the use of force, political dialogue, and respect for fundamental human rights, and it exhorts States "to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace". Strategies such as information, dialogue and education constitute prime methods for achieving this.
The Minister stresses that it is necessary to act on all these themes in order to prevent conflicts rather than having to manage them. To that end, mediation, peacebuilding missions, and even sustainable development are essential tools. He recalls that peace, mutual respect between peoples and sustainable development are closely linked: there cannot be peace without development, or development without peace.
That is why Belgium participates actively in the Security Council's debates, even when it is not a member, as well as the works of the Burundi, Central African Republic and Guinea configurations of the Peacebuilding Commission. Belgium also advocated the clear integration of the peace dimension in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the start of 2017, it will also organise an international conference on mediation in Brussels.
Faced with more recent challenges, Belgium supports the United Nations’ plan of action to prevent violent extremism. Minister Didier Reynders, who is currently participating in the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, is devoted to this issue. Thus, on 19 September, he organised a high-level event to promote the fight against impunity for atrocities committed by Daesh in the Middle East and for justice for victims. On 22 September, he will chair another Ministerial meeting concerning the role of young people in the fight against violent extremism.