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MOHAMED ABDELSATTAR ELBADRI (Egypt) said the culture of peace was no longer a political luxury, but a human responsibility, and “the concept of collective security must begin through us as peoples and Governments”. The basis on which peace could be built was through the balance of rights and duties. There could be no peace without communication between cultures and religions and Governments. It was imperative in today’s world to understand that cultural differences constituted the richness of human diversity.
He cited the need for an effective international framework based on transparency and common goals among nations. Dialogue was needed to enhance respect for the diversity of others. People must remember the primacy of religions, all of which try to elevate human beings, and must not stigmatise any one religion. The role of States was also key to enhance the culture of peace. Egypt had adopted that role as the first to put its hand forward in the 1970s to bring peace to the Middle East. In the same context, Egypt was one of the first States to adopt the Programmes of Action for dialogue among civilizations and a culture of peace. Egypt had also promoted peace and the dialogue among civilizations through its work in the Arab League.
The Secretary-General’s report on the International Decade for a Culture of Peace, he added, showed that many countries still suffered from war and unstable economies, which reinforced the link between peace and security.