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5 August 2009
Supplement No. 1
Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization
Delivering results for people most in need
B. Peace and security
40. Unfortunately, in too many corners of the world, conflicts continue unabated and both State and non-State actors act with considerable disregard for civilians, often targeting women with particularly heinous crimes. Wherever possible, the United Nations is actively pursuing opportunities for peace. Over the past year the United Nations did have some success in improving the situation of those most affected and needy populations. The global economic crisis added a new layer of complexity to our work by catalysing social unrest and political instability in many places.
1. Preventive diplomacy and support to peace processes
44. As part of recently intensified diplomatic efforts by the international community in the Middle East peace process, the good offices of the Secretary-General have continued. The need for the resumption of direct talks on a two-State solution and comprehensive regional peace was underscored by events such as the major armed crisis in Gaza, discontinuation of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations undertaken in the Annapolis framework and limited progress towards Palestinian unity. In Lebanon, the Secretary-General’s good offices were extended with a view to sustaining the relative calm that has prevailed in the post-election period.
45. The Organization looks forward to working further with Member States on investing in capacities to respond to crises quickly and effectively and to support peace processes more predictably and professionally.