The Civil Society – UN Prevention Platform

The Civil Society – UN Prevention Platform was created in 2016 against the backdrop of a renewed focus at the UN on prevention and inclusivity, not least the three reviews of UN's peacebuilding architecture, peace operations and work on women, peace and security of 2015 and the 2016 resolutions on sustaining peace (UNSCR 2282).

To contribute to meaningful inclusion of and partnerships with local actors, the the Civil Society – UN Prevention Platform aims to improve the cooperation and coordination on prevention between UN actors across the system and civil society actors in New York and in the field.

In cooperation with DPA and other UN agencies and departments, the Platform arranges thematic and country-specific meetings bringing together UN and civil society actors in order to:

  • Exchange examples of best practices and lessons learned,

  • Identify concrete areas and forms of potential collaboration between CSOs and the UN (and amongst CSOs as well) and ways to strengthen UN-CSO cooperation at a practical level,

  • Discuss ways of bridging the gap between early warning and early action,

  • Engage with member states to contribute to building support for the prevention agenda.
     

Rather than focusing on the issues and challenges related to prevention, the discussions focus on creative ways of increasing the UN's capacities to resolve these challenges.

The Platform is co-facilitated by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in close collaboration DPA. It also consists of a core organising group of 8 other CSOs based in New York, Europe and Africa, all with networks and/or partners across the world:

The Platform moreover draws on a still-growing network of CSOs who each bring their trusted, local networks and partners. We are therefore able not only to connect UN actors to civil society groups on the ground in a wide range of countries, but also provide concrete examples of best practices.

Activities of the Platform so far include:

In 2017, the Platform will :

  • Engage Member States in the discussion of how to improve UN-civil society on cooperation on prevention and help build support for the prevention agenda.

  • Continue to convene thematic and country-specific meetings bringing together UN and civil society to identify concrete steps to improve cooperation and coordination.

  • Continue to build the Platform's network locally and help to facilitate in-country contact and cooperation between UN and civil society actors.

  • Constructively engage Peace and Development Advisors and strengthen the relationship and linkages with civil society.