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Secretary-General’s remarks to Security Council Open Video-Teleconference on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Pandemics and the Challenges of Sustaining Peace

Let me begin by thanking the Indonesian Presidency for convening this open debate on pandemics and the challenges of sustaining peace.The concept of sustaining peace is essentially about positive peace as opposed to simply ending wars.

In other words, it is the idea that the international community accompanies a country well beyond the point of simply putting down guns to the point where people feel protected and represented. Continue reading

Breastfeeding ‘for a healthier planet’

World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling – a critical component of breastfeeding support. More

No end in sight to COVID crisis, and its impact will last for ‘decades to come’

Expressing “appreciation for WHO and partners’ COVID-19 pandemic response efforts”, the emergency committee convened by the UN health agency’s chief, made it clear that there is not yet an end in sight to the public health crisis that has so far infected more than 17 million and killed over 650,000 people. More