Addis Ababa January 11/2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu addressed the Ministerial-level Open Debate of the United Nations Security Council on "Conflict Prevention & Sustaining Peace" on Tuesday at the United Nations Security Council in New York.
The new United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres, foreign ministers, state ministers of foreign affairs and or permanent representatives of members of the UNSC attended the forum chaired by Sweden, which took up the January Presidency of the UNSC.
Opening the forum, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres emphasized on the need to embark on the instrumentality of conflict prevention to sustaining peace.
He said a whole new approach is needed to make sure that there has been "a shift from responding to crisis and conflicts to preventing them."
To this end, the Secretary-General underlined on the need to reform the global peace and security infrastructure, which he said called for reconfiguration of strategies, structures and operations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu underscored that the timing of such a high-level UNSC debate on "Conflict Prevention & Sustaining Peace" cannot be more appropriate given the unprecedented challenges in the maintenance of peace and security.
He said, "in view of the enormous peace and security challenges we're facing today, prioritizing conflict prevention is not really an option."
He expressed his appreciation to Ban Ki-moon for his tireless efforts and key achievements during his tenure.
Minister Workneh also said the leadership role of the new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres will surely be imperative in bringing fresh impetus to the pursuit of solutions to the many conflicts and crisis situations around the world.
The Minister however noted that the efforts of the Secretary-General will not be fruitful without the full support and cooperation of all member states.
Equally important is the need to address institutional fragmentation and ensure coherence across the entire UN system.
In such regards, Dr. Workneh pledged Ethiopia's strong commitment to extend support to Guterres.
Ethiopia, the Minister said had been playing active role in the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts.
Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden on her part emphasized that a close and proactive working relationship between the Secretary-General and the Security Council is the cornerstone of the UN's ability to deliver lasting peace and security.