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Working worldwide for peace – Federal Foreign Office and Community of Sant’Egidio consolidate their cooperation

State Secretary Lindner and Secretary General Zucconi signed the joint declaration of intent on 26 April.

State Secretary Lindner and Secretary General Zucconi signed the joint declaration of intent on 26 April., © AA

26.04.2017 - Article

The Federal Foreign Office and the Community of Sant’Egidio are reinforcing their close cooperation on peace through a joint declaration of intent.

No two conflicts are alike, and there is no single way to resolve them. When there is a need to resolve conflicts and, above all, to achieve lasting peace, the Federal Foreign Office also uses mediation as a tried-and-tested instrument.

The ministry has a peace mediation team and supports over 40 mediation projects worldwide. In this work, it is vital to get civil society on board, as this is the only way to find the necessary leverage to resolve conflicts.

Working closely together for peace

The Community of Sant’Egidio has supported peace mediation initiatives for 30 years. Since its foundation in Rome in 1968, it has grown to around 60,000 members in over 70 countries.

In many countries, it has its own access to parties to the conflict, thus complementing the diplomatic channels available to the Federal Foreign Office and the German embassies. In signing a declaration of intent on cooperation between the Federal Foreign Office and the Community of Sant’Egidio today, State Secretary Walter Lindner and Cesare Zucconi, Secretary General of the Community of Sant’Egidio, are reinforcing the close cooperation on peace.

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