EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s Ambassador and permanent representative at the United Nations said a study conducted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa showed that sustainable peace is needed to achieve sustainable development.
Delivering a topic on sustainable peace, security and social inclusion as catalysts for Africa’s future and development at the Igbinedion University in Nigeria, Lang Yabou said the achievement of sustainable peace in Africa is being supported by the New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD), the AU and the United Nations.
“NEPAD is a comprehensive and integrated development plan for the continent that makes peace, security, democracy, good economic and corporate governance preconditions for sustainable development on the continent,” he said, adding that sustainable peace is a key component of the African Union’s 2063 Agenda and the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.
Agenda 2063 of the African Union, adopted in 2013, envisions “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
He said as per the available literature, governance efforts that can contribute to sustainable peace include; increasing space for popular participation in electoral processes; giving more rights to minority and marginalized groups (women, children, disabled and elderly).
Ambassador Yabou said the international community is engaged in the promotion of sustainable peace in Africa to ensure sustainable development can take place through the improvement of governance and the eradication of poverty and inequalities.
“In contemporary Africa, full of threats and conflicts, but with a rich history of respect for fairness and justice, our attempts and efforts to build and sustain peace in the continent must always be guided by the notion and principle of nurturing justice and, more than ever, by building a sustainable order based on inclusion and international law.”
He said today, conflicts in Africa are causing fewer fatalities than in the 1990s, but the number of violent incidents is increasing, and violence is becoming more complex. “Africa’s high conflict burden requires continued investment in conflict prevention, control of arms, security-sector reform, the rule of law and regional forces.”