Peace, security cannot be seen in isolation from development, India said.

By: | Updated: July 29, 2016 1:39 PM

India has said that peace and security cannot be seen in isolation from the wider development related issues as it underlined the need for a holistic approach to building peace and preventing conflict.

India has said that peace and security cannot be seen in isolation from the wider development related issues as it underlined the need for a holistic approach to building peace and preventing conflict.(Reuters)India has said that peace and security cannot be seen in isolation from the wider development related issues as it underlined the need for a holistic approach to building peace and preventing conflict.(Reuters)

India has said that peace and security cannot be seen in isolation from the wider development related issues as it underlined the need for a holistic approach to building peace and preventing conflict. Participating in the UN Security Council debate on ‘Peacebuilding in Africa’ yesterday, India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tanmaya Lal said holistic approach was needed to prevent conflict and build peace.

“Peace and security cannot be seen in isolation from the wider development related issues and a more holistic approach is needed to prevent conflict and build peace,” he said here. Lal said that the spirit displayed during the adoption of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals last year is “sadly” not matched in the discussions on collective resource mobilisation to achieve common goals.

“This once again betrays a lack of appreciation that in today’s world there cannot be islands of peace and prosperity. We can see this all around us in the cross-border reach of terrorist groups, the growing refugee crisis, outbreaks of pandemics and spread of hate ideologies,” he said.

“What continues to elude us is the real comprehension of the importance of sustainable development to building peace and security and even more importantly the indivisibility of peace and security across borders in today’s world. Unless there is this comprehension and consequently the political will to address these issues over longer term, conflicts would continue to obstruct our collective better future,” he said.

Underscoring India’s longstanding engagement with Africa, Lal said the two nations had worked together for de-colonialisation, anti-apartheid, rights of the developing countries and now are significant development partners.

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