31 August 2016
Secretary-General's video message to 2016 United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East
I am pleased to greet the 2016 United Nations International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East.
I thank the Government of the Republic of South Africa for hosting, and the Embassy of Sweden for its support.
For a quarter-century, these seminars have promoted dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.
They have brought journalists and experts together to examine how local and international media can constructively and fairly cover the Middle East.
They have stressed the need to avoid fanning the flames of hatred and violence, and to instead help build bridges of understanding and respect.
The United Nations counts on the media to explain to both sides, and to the world at large, that durable peace in the Middle East will only be achieved through a negotiated, just and comprehensive two-State solution, with Israelis and Palestinians living side-by-side in peace and security.
I have made this point repeatedly, including during my most recent visit to the region in June.
The lives and aspirations of millions of people are at stake.
I wish you a successful seminar.