UN chief hails progress in mediation and diplomacy efforts

UN chief hails progress in mediation and diplomacy efforts
# 14 September 2012 02:20 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said the world organization is "making real progress" in the use of mediation to prevent conflict. APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"I share your vision and have made strengthening preventive diplomacy and mediation a priority," said Ban at a General Assembly meeting on the prevention of armed conflict.

The UN is active in mediation efforts all over the world, which is a sign that "more parties are open to the promise of mediation, " said Ban.

Citing a strengthened UN Department of Political Affairs, teams of mediation experts ready for global deployment, and the support of the UN system, Ban said. "I am pleased to report that we are making real progress."

But the secretary-general also urged efforts to support mediation to continue. There is a "growing expectation" of the UN, he said. "We must be up to the task."

He acknowledged the increasing number of actors involved in the peace process, such as non-governmental organizations and member states, and emphasized there is a "common responsibility to work together," rather than compete.

Ban also noted the importance of females to mediation efforts, saying the UN must increase the participation of women in the peace process.

"I remain committed to appointing a female UN envoy to lead a UN mediation effort," he said.

The secretary-general announced a high-level meeting that will place on September 27 to launch the UN Guidance for Effective Mediation.