The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., and Minister of State Michael Kitt T.D., today announced grants totalling €4 million to strengthen the capacity of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and the UN Development Programme to engage in conflict resolution and peacebuilding activities.
Announcing the grants, Minister Ahern said:
“I am happy to announce funding for the United Nations to strengthen its vital engagement in the resolution of conflict, and to bolster peace agreements to prevent reversion to instability and violence.
The Conflict Resolution Unit, which I recently established in the Department, is actively engaged in supporting UN peace efforts. This important financial contribution will facilitate the efforts of the UN to resolve conflicts in many crisis-affected regions such as Darfur, Sri Lanka, Northern Uganda and elsewhere.
It reflects this Government’s strong commitment to playing a greater role in the area of conflict resolution and in striving with our key partners like the United Nations to ensure a brighter, more hopeful future for people in conflict-torn areas of the world.
Our experience of conflict and of the process of finding peace does not give us any ready-made solutions for others, but there are insights that can be shared. We will work with partner governments and the UN to ensure that Ireland does what it can to help bring peace to those who have been victims of violence and conflict.”