Focus on UN’s contribution to peace-building across the world
Peace and the significant role played by the United Nations (UN) in maintaining world peace were discussed at an online lecture conducted by Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).
The lecture hosted by JMI’s Academy of International Studies (AIS) marked UN’s platinum jubilee.
Prof. Ajay Darshan Behera, officiating director, MMAJ AIS, spoke about how the world is going through a great disruption in the midst of a global health crisis.
In his introductory speech, Behera also recalled how the UN has played an important role in bringing nations and people together to maintain peace and security and improve lives all over the world. The UN has been instrumental in contributing to innovative narratives and discourses on security, sustainability, rights, and development in the public domain, he said.
Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya, UNESCO Chair Professor, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), spoke on The UN @ 75: Challenges of Sustaining Peace.
Upadhyaya, known for his work in the field of peace research and peace-building, recalled the context in which the UN came into being.
The Eurocentric vision of peace dominated the earlier period of the UN. During the Cold War, the UN played an important role in mediating between the superpowers and was involved in a big way in armed conflicts occurring in many parts of the world, Upadhyaya said.
He said that in the context of the collapse of the bipolar world order and the proliferation of conflicts and civil wars, the UN radically redefined the notion of peace as an inclusive process and culture involving civil society.
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