Author:Nasser, Maher

Addressing the Security Council in January of this year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said "prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority. If we live up to our responsibilities, we will save lives, reduce suffering and give hope to millions."

As conflict and crises undermine attempts to strengthen the founding pillars of the United Nations--peace and security, human rights and development--we must reaffirm our commitment to peace and to inclusive and sustainable development. If the scourges of war, terrorism and extremism, and the effects of climate-related natural disasters continue unabated, and we stand idle, they can adversely affect lives and livelihoods. Comprehensive reforms and greater integration of our capacities are thus necessary, as we strengthen our partnerships and build trust among Member States and stakeholders.

Two years ago, the magazine looked at the link between conflict and the implementation and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in its issue "Implementing the 2030 Agenda: The Challenge of Conflict". This issue focuses on the...

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