United Nations: At the United Nations, Pakistan has said that no amount of development can bring peace when peoples are suppressed by foreign occupation and forcibly denied their right to self-determination as is happening today in Palestine and in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
This was stated by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Munir Akram, while speaking in a Security Council’s debate on the promotion of sustainable peace through common development. He voiced support for the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s efforts to address the resolution of conflict situations through the promotion of development.
Munir Akram called for implementing the Political Declaration, adopted by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit held last September under which world leaders reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate poverty and hunger, combat inequalities, and build inclusive and peaceful societies that leave no one behind.
“These pledges and commitments on development should be endorsed by the Security Council so as to transform these into binding obligations,” he said.
“Yet, no amount of development can bring peace when peoples are suppressed by foreign occupation and forcibly denied of their right to self-determination as is happening in Palestine today and in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” he maintained.
Earlier, opening the debate, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, told the Security Council that no peace is secure without inclusive and sustainable development which leaves no one behind. He added that advancing peace and sustainable, inclusive development must go hand-in-hand.