UN, New York, January 19, 2015

Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative while participating in the UN Security Council Open Debate on "Inclusive Development for the Maintenance of International Peace and Security” emphasized that nations must eliminate exclusion, discrimination and marginalization that lead to violence, strife and conflict. “And with equal vigor, they should promote national, territorial, religious, ethnic, racial, social and cultural cohesion and inclusion”, he added.

Pakistan underscored the need for poverty eradication, sustainable patterns of consumption and production, sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth, reducing inequalities, fostering equitable social development and inclusion and promoting the integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems to create an enabling environment for peace and security and gradually remove drivers of conflict.

Ambassador Khan said that the Security Council may consider issuing public documents on lessons learnt and best practices from various conflict situations. “Such publications may help decision makers and people grappling with similar situations”, he added.

Pakistan endorsed the view that peace missions, under the guidance of the Security Council, should continue to work for inclusive peace processes, development and security. He added, “the very concept of inclusion implies that the UN system should work as a whole, and not operate in parts, in silos”.

Pakistani envoy said that the purpose of highlighting the correlation between inclusive development and peace and security was not to encourage the Security Council to take up the issues of sustainable development or financing for development dealt with by the General Assembly and ECOSOC; nor would it have the capacity to do so. “These issues are being rightfully addressed by the General Assembly, the ECOSOC, the High Level Political Forum, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and other relevant forums”, he added.

Ambassador Khan said that synergy among UN bodies for inclusion does not mean trespassing each other's mandated space but to share experiences and perspectives to enhance the UN system's effectiveness. He argued that the jurisdictional boundaries of each forum must be respected and that the objective was lasting peace and development that serves people.