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Director-General Gives Lecture on Conflict Prevention at Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

21 February 2012

The Director-General gave a lecture on "Conflict prevention: challenges and opportunities for the United Nations" at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He noted the engagement of the United Nations in conflict prevention through early warning, preventive diplomacy, mediation and other efforts aimed at precluding the outbreak of conflict, and highlighted the efforts of the Secretary-General to create a “culture of prevention”. He also outlined the obstacles faced by the Organization in playing a stronger role in conflict prevention; namely the absence of political will, sovereignty sensitivity and a lack of visibility. Despite these challenges, however, the Director-General emphasized that there remain a number of areas where the United Nations and its partners can focus efforts to maximize the chances of success for diplomacy in preventing conflicts.

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