The UN Department of Public Information's 47th Annual Conference for NGOs (New York, September 1994) was on the theme "We the Peoples: Building Peace". Over 1,400 participants from sixty countries gathered to discuss the potential roles of NGOs in areas of peacemaking, peace-keeping and peace-building. Senior UN officials addressed the vital role NGOs must play in electoral assistance; human rights monitoring; delivery of humanitarian assistance; and post-conflict national reconstruction.
NGOs can foster awareness within local communities of their central role in maintaining and guarding peace.
International institutions have increasingly been called upon to mediate and, in some cases, to intervene in national and regional disputes as peacekeepers/peacemakers. The scale and expense of these operations has tended to overshadow the vital role that NGOs play in promoting and maintaining peace and in providing humanitarian assistance to all parties concerned.
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