In this section you can find updates on current developments, discussions and events related to peacebuilding and conflict prevention in and around the UN in New York.
In 2015, the UN published major reports about how its peace operations, peacebuilding mechanisms and the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda were performing. In light of an increase in the number, complexity and intensity of violent conflicts, those reports described in details the all kind of serious weaknesses affecting and undermining the proper evolution of those mechanisms. Further, they underscored the need for a prioritized focus on conflict prevention and, particularly, the importance of paying attention to the “primacy of political” when structuring any international response. By stressing the need for a focus on peace-drives and for new multilateral platforms aimed at assessing the entity of systemic risks at the regional, national, sub-national and community level, the UN-WB partnership looks for a closer cooperation with private sectors, regional organizations and neighbouring countries, in strict compliance with the norms enshrined by international provisions. Yet, gaps remain in the stakeholders’ understanding of how various tools interact with domestic institutions and the interests of national actors, in order to have a positive impact on the trajectory of a conflict that could possibly end up in violence.
Hence, the PBC Expert-level meeting held on 11 April 2017 was aimed at delineating the whole range of possible conflict scenarios the parties are likely to face in the future, and how to tackle the challenges posed by these forecasts in a way that prioritize the development of mechanisms of prevention and the protection of civilian populations. Read the complete report on the meeting here. This update was written by Francesca Cocomera.