The United Nations is a more effective prevention instrument than many realize, but with reform, it can be far more useful in fighting poverty, promoting human rights, stopping the spread of illicit weapons and keeping violence in check, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frchette said today in Stockholm.
A strengthened United Nations with targeted development activities, a renewed human rights machinery and improved peacebuilding capabilities will be a far more effective tool for saving future generations from the scourge of war, Ms. Frchette said according to the text of an address to a seminar co-organized by Norway and Sweden on onflict prevention and resolution: challenges and changes for the United Nations.
revention of armed conflict by peaceful means is the cheapest most effective way to promote international peace and security, Ms. Frchette told the seminar, which was convened in connection with the preparations for the General Assemblys summit-level review this September of the Millennium Declaration.
And while there was no blueprint for effective preventive action in every situation, and no single reform would ensure that all such actions would be effective, she said that it was a simple fact that onflict is expensive, in both money and lives, while prevention is cheap.
Ms. Frchette noted that recent studies suggested that the overall cost of what the World Bank has termed ow income countries under stress runs to some $82 billion per country. his is more than the worlds entire aid budget, she said
She reiterated that prevention paid for itself many times over