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First-ever civil society meeting on conflict prevention opens at UN Headquarters

Mikel Mancisidor, director of UNESCO Etxea, takes part in the three-day conference From Reaction to Prevention: Civil Society Forging Partnerships to Prevent Conflict and Build Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York

This conference comes in response to Mr. Annans recommendation in his 2001 Report on the Prevention of Armed Conflict to organize an international conference of local, national and international NGOs on their role in conflict prevention and future interaction with the United Nations.

I look to civil society to act as our partners in helping to defuse potential conflictsyou have a vital role to playby coordinating with bilateral and intergovernmental actors and with one another, said Mr. Annan in a message delivered by Special Adviser Stephen Stedman to the Global Conference on the Role of Civil Society in the Prevention of Armed Conflict and Peace-building.

Urging the creation of a sustainable network of individuals and groups including partnerships with governments and UN agencies committed to prevention and peace-building at global, regional, and national levels, Mr. Annan said that what is lacking in our conflict prevention efforts is full recognition of our increasing interdependence.

As civil society organizations, you have a vital role to play. You are uniquely placed to facilitate local conflict resolution; to mobilize public support for peace settlements; to support disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants; to champion human rights; and to build trust to encourage healing and reconciliation, he said.

For more information:

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

United Nations

Secretary-General's message

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