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The Rule of Law and Conflict prevention: Presidential Statement and Security Council Open Debate

Published Wednesday February 19 2014

The Security Council today, following its 19 February open debate on the rule of law, emphasized the vital importance of promoting justice and the rule of law as an indispensable element for peaceful coexistence and the prevention of armed conflict. In a presidential statement, the Council underscored that sustainable peace required an integrated approach based on coherence between political, security, development, human rights, including gender equality, and rule of law and justice activities.

The Council underlined the importance of the support of peacekeeping and special political missions to the host country in strengthening the rule-of-law institutions, outlining rule-of-law activities that might be part of those missions.

The Security Council noted the Secretary-General’s report (document S/2013/341) on measuring the effectiveness of the support provided by the United Nations system for the promotion of the rule of law in conflict and post-conflict situations, as well as the designation of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the joint focal point for the police, justice and corrections areas. The Council also stressed that the fight against impunity has been strengthened through the work of the International Criminal Court.

Presidential Statement

Ambassador Lucas's intervention at the open debate of 19 February 2014

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