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Peace is not a finish line, it is more than the absence of war – Minister Flanagan

Human rights, International relations, Minister Charles Flanagan, United Nations, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015


Minister highlights Ireland’s role in promoting international peace

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has highlighted Ireland’s commitment and track record in promoting international peace in a speech to mark the awarding of the Tipperary International Peace Award to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

Minister Flanagan also paid tribute to the Secretary General’s leadership in advancing peace, protecting human rights and fostering development.

Minister Flanagan said:

“Ireland has played a significant role in the promotion of international peace.

“This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations and with pride, we look back on our unbroken record of service to blue-helmet peacekeeping since 1958, serving in such difficult and challenging places as the Middle East, the Congo and West and North Africa.

“As the threats to peace in the world are changing – conflict, terrorism, epidemics such as Ebola, climate change, hunger and the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War – we need to look at new ways of maintaining peace.

“Ireland understands only too well that the quest for peace is a long and arduous one. Peace is not a finish line, it is more than the absence of war.

“Building peace is a long term project and the work of post-conflict reconciliation can never be considered to be truly complete.”

Minister Flanagan highlighted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s commitment and leadership:

“Thanks to the Secretary General’s leadership on climate change, we now look towards a universal, meaningful agreement in Paris at the end of the year to advance climate action.

“His commitment to empowering women has also made a difference – notably in advocating for the establishment of UN Women, an agency that consolidates UN activity towards gender equality.

“The Secretary-General has steered the United Nations with firm leadership and good grace, and remained committed to the very core principles that the United Nations represents: peace, development and human rights.”


Press Office

24 May 2015