OCTOBER 23, 2010: Put More Money in Peace Making, Says UN Ambassador

Put More Money in Peace Making, Says UN Ambassador

SOURCE: The Monitor

As Uganda concludes its stint as a member of the United Nations Security Council, the country's ambassador in New York, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, has called for a very clear and predictable funding of peace building efforts to ensure concrete results.

Presenting a statement in New York this week as head of the Security Council, the body charged with promoting international peace and security, Dr Rugunda said such support should be focused on priority areas such as restoration of the rule of law, respect of human rights, ending impunity, combating illicit arms trade and drug trafficking.

"The Security Council considers post conflict peace building as the foundation for sustainable peace and development, and such, it should be given timely, flexible and funding," Dr Rugunda said.

He also said women should be given a more prominent role in peace building, given the fact that in most situations, they (women) bear the biggest brunt of conflicts as victims. Uganda assumed membership to the United Nations (UN) Security Council on January 1, 2009, having been elected as a non-permanent member for a term of two years. This was during the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly held on October 17, 2008.

Holding presidency

The country held the presidency of the Security Council in July 2009 and this month. Turkish UN ambassador, Ertugrul Apakan, held the rotating presidency for September.

The Security Council presidency rotates among the Council members in the English alphabetical order of their names. Each president holds office for one calendar month.

In the last two years, Dr Rugunda has been chairing the working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa. The Working Group holds informal and thematic meetings and forums on effective conflict prevention and resolution strategies in Africa, and how the countries emerging out conflict can be assisted to attain sustainable peace and development. Uganda's membership to the Security Council ends in December.

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