UNITED NATIONS—As part of the 2012 ARF-ER sponsored summer internship program at the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations, the seven participants attended the United Nations Security Council debate on “Post-Conflict Peace Building.”
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and some thirty Member States, including the Republic of Armenia, participated in the debate. The aim of the meeting was to review the peacebuilding architecture and mechanisms of the United Nations in order to better assist countries transition from states of conflict to lasting peace and sustainable development.
The Secretary General stressed that support of Member States is vital, particularly for the Peacebuilding Fund, which has proven itself as “a timely and flexible financing instrument when peacebuilding needs are most acute and when few other resources are available for early post-conflict interventions.”
Armenia’s Permanent Representative, Garen Nazarian, highlighted the necessity to address the specific context of each conflict. He noted that, in some instances, “[The] economic cooperation and interaction could be a valuable confidence-building measure often leading to political adhesion.” The ambassador further mentioned that the donor countries and international financial institutions could implement various regional initiatives and programs aimed at the expansion of geographic areas of cooperation and the achievement of greater interaction.
While observing the discussion, it became clear that Armenia’s participation was crucial considering the political developments after the 1994 cease-fire agreement among the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. These developments offer opportunity for the expansion and institutionalization of economic interaction between affected societies and countries under the auspices of the United Nations Post-Conflict Peacebuilding initiatives.
2012 Summer Internship Participants are Anoosh Gasparian, Gohar Harutyunyan, Rupen Janbazian, Talar Kakilian, Kristyn Manoukian, Gegham Mughnetsyan and Verginie Touloumian.