It is no longer enough to address crises situations. People and countries pay too high a price if we only deal with conflicts.That is why I am calling for a surge in diplomacy for peace - Video message of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi
Message from H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General
for the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, 17-19 January, 2017
Thank you to the Observer Research Foundation and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs for this invitation.
Foreign Secretary Jaishankar and I spoke last month about multilateralism with multi-polarity, the theme of your dialogue. And today’s conflicts are more complex and interlinked. Human rights violations are occurring on a mass scale and terrorism affects every region. The rules-based international order is under threat. We have a multi-polar environment but we need multilateral solutions and United Nations is the cornerstone of multilateralism. It is no longer enough to address crises situations. People and countries pay too high a price if we only deal with conflicts. That is why I am calling for a surge in diplomacy for peace. Now the causes of crises are interlinked and to respond, the UN has to connect its efforts for peace and security, for sustainable development and for human rights. We have the plans, the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, along with the resolutions on sustaining peace. But now we need an integrated approach and changes in our culture, strategy, structure and operations. I am committed to achieving a shift from putting out fires to preventing war and sustaining peace, and partnerships with regional organizations are essential. The Raisina Dialogue can contribute to preventive diplomacy in Asia. Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world. India itself is very diverse. The Indian constitution recognizes 22 official languages. And in India, people practice all major religions. Diversity is strength. But we see tensions in Asia, often on communal, societal and religious lines. And you speak in the theme of the dialogue about navigating Asia's new normal and the way to navigate in Asia globally is based on common values - peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity. Our challenge is to build trust in each other and in institutions including the United Nations, and I am committed to inspiring trust in the UN. I hope you will join me in working to make 2017 a year of peace.