Mr MacSorley, added: “Conflict is the single greatest driver of humanitarian crises with over 68 million people forcibly-displaced and 134 million in need of humanitarian assistance. This is not acceptable now or ever.
“Systems set up to respond to crises are overstretched and the diplomatic structures in place for conflict prevention and resolution have proved wholly ineffective.
“Concern’s new report calls for a global response to end conflict through a resurgence of humanity, that, to date, has been found shamefully wanting. We are living in a world of problems, but we also live in a world of potential and solutions."
Mr MacSorley continued: “Inaction is not an option. Maintaining the status quo costs countless lives and untold billions in economic collapse, humanitarian crisis and under-development.”
The author of the report, Concern’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Dr Caitriona Dowd, said: “The Irish government is in a unique position to become a champion of SDG16. Ireland has its own experience of transition from conflict to peace; its record in peacekeeping; and its contribution to peace processes globally in Colombia and elsewhere. Through these, Ireland already has a credible and distinctive voice on the global stage. This clearly reflects its commitment to multilateralism, human rights, support to civil society, the fight against hunger, and an actively principled humanitarian response. These commitments must be maintained and strengthened.”
Other recommendations include a call for UN member states to support Secretary-General António Guterres in his plea for a surge of diplomacy and meet his call to increase funding to $500m for a reformed UN peacebuilding architecture.