Statement on behalf of the Group of Friends of Mediation by Mrs Elisabeth Rehn at UN General Assembly High-level Thematic Debate on the United Nations, Peace and Security. In a world of Risks: Today’s threats to international peace and security on 10th of May 2016.
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
I speak on behalf of the Group of Friends of Mediation. I would like to congratulate you for taking the initiative to organize this important High-level Thematic Debate on today’s challenges and threats to international peace and security.
The Group of Friends of Mediation was convened by Finland and Turkey in 2010. It gathers 43 United Nations Member States across different regions and 8 international and regional organisations, including the United Nations. The Group attaches utmost importance to strengthening the United Nations to better respond to present and future threats and challenges to international peace and security.
The Group of Friends of Mediation has, in addition to its other activities, initiated three General Assembly resolutions on mediation. These resolutions, adopted by consensus, have strengthened the framework of mediation and the mediation support functions of the United Nations. They have also contributed to developing mediation capacities at the United Nations, in regional and subregional organisations and in the Member States, as well as enhancing the cooperation between the United Nations and the said organisations.
The Group of Friends of Mediation supports the ongoing efforts to improve, and make better use of, the United Nations’ conflict prevention and resolution capacity through peaceful means, including mediation. To this end, the fourth draft resolution on mediation is currently being discussed in the Group. The Group considers the three recent review processes on peace and security aspect of the United Nations an important opportunity to reach system-wide solutions to persistent challenges.
The Group particularly welcomes the emphasis put by these review processes on the importance of placing mediation and conflict prevention at the center of the United Nations, and the Secretary-General's commitment to strengthen the United Nations mediation efforts.
It is now of critical importance to focus on the effective implementation of these reviews.
I thank you.