A knotted pistol: The work "Non Violence" by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd has stood in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York since 1988 as a symbol of peace.

Crises and conflicts threaten the lives of millions of people and cause endless suffering. They deprive people of their right to live in freedom and security. They are destroying the economic and social infrastructure and important private and state institutions. They have a serious impact on the development of the countries concerned.

Peace and stability are indispensable prerequisites for sustainable development. It is the task of development policy to support the cooperation countries in peace development: through crisis prevention, conflict management and peace promotion.

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