United Nations, Dec. 6 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that 'Peace and development are indivisible,' encouraging a stronger push along what he dubbed 'the peace continuum' as the 'best guarantee against instability and insecurity.'

At a debate on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, the UN chief explained that both the human and financial costs in responding to the prolonged crises shaking today's world are 'too high,' and that there needs to be a refocus on prevention and coordination activities between 'the three pillars of peace, sustainable development and human rights.'

"Peace cannot be sustainable without development, and lasting peace is essential for the preservation of development gains," Mr Gute...