The Crown Prince visiting Burundi
His Royal Highness The Crown Prince is visiting Burundi as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The visit, which starts on 29 October, will be focusing on the UN millennium goals.
The millennium goals cannot be reached unless there is lasting peace in countries formerly torn by conflict. Peace and security are crucial to achieving sustainable development. In Burundi today, poverty represents one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and stability.
Many fear that old conflicts will be rekindled unless there is improvement in the living conditions and everyday lives of ordinary people. The many refugees returning home after the war pose a great challenge. Re-integration and the rebuilding of local communities are fundamental steps in the transition from relief to development. The UN Peacebuilding Commission and Fund supports Burundi in its efforts to implement its strategy for peace.
The Crown Prince will be visiting several projects that are working to promote the peace process, and thereby lay the foundation for a stable peace in Burundi.
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