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Conflict prevention and natural resources: Security Council Open Debate

Published Wednesday June 19 2013

Under the item of the maintenance of international peace and security, the Security Council held an open debate on conflict prevention and natural resources exploitation. To this end, it heard briefings from UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, World Bank Executive Director Caroline Anstey, UNDP Deputy Administrator Rebeca Grynspan, as well as former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Chair or the Africa Progress Panel.

In her statement, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas called upon the international community to adopt an integrated approach to prevent instability and violence linked to natural resources, which uses the tools of preventive diplomacy, sustainable development, responsible trade and security that respects human rights. She underlined the role of Security Council-mandated Missions, which have to work in close coordination with other actors to strengthen States' capacities; she also recommended the sanctions committees and the expert panels which support them share information and cooperate actively on these matters. Finally, she underlined the opportunity for deepening interaction between the Council and the Country-specific Configurations of the Peacebuilding Commission in on the issue of good governance of natural resources.

Link to the statement by Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg