UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
U.N. SG Says Peace In Africa Is top Priority
By Wilfred S. Gortor, LINA
MONROVIA, July 28 (LINA) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said that sustainable peace in Africa is a top priority and should be taken as a shared responsibility by governments, national stakeholders and the United Nations to ensure that it is achieved.
Ban said governments across the world and stakeholders including UN agencies, should ensure that they nourish the seeds of peace and prosperity as well as cultivate inclusive, transparent, effective and accountable institutions in Africa to help them achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UNSG's statement was contained in a speech he delivered in New York on Friday at the Security Council Open Debate on Peace Building in Africa.
"When institutions are weak, nations cannot thrive," Ban said, noting that inclusive and accountable institutions are the cement that binds states and citizens.
The UNSG cited that building effective and legitimate institutions is not easy, noting that some fundamental lessons have been learned and that firstly there are no one-size-fits-all solutions as institution building has to be rooted in national historical, political, social, cultural and economic contexts.
Ban stressed that trying to impose an outside model on a post-conflict country can do more harm than good, noting that the focus should rather be to build on existing institutions to provide the services that people need.
He also emphasized that institution building needs to be rooted in political agreement with key emphasis on national ownership and leadership.
This, according to Ban, means inclusive dialogue, encompassing central government, local authorities, communities, the private sector and civil society, especially youth and women and marginalized groups.
Ban noted that institution building is a long-term process sometimes taking decades, but that each country institutions should be allowed to develop incrementally, allowing for experimentation, learning and adaptation.