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Peacemaking

The United Nations provided technical assistance to elections in nepal.The woman in the photogrph has walked over an hour and a half to cast her ballot.

The United Nations provided technical assistance to elections in Nepal.The woman in the photograph walked over an hour and a half to cast her ballot.

Photo Credit: UN/Nayan Tara

UN peacemaking brings hostile parties to agreement through diplomatic means. The Security Council, in its efforts to maintain international peace and security, may recommend ways to avoid conflict or restore or secure peace — through negotiation, for example, or recourse to the International Court of Justice.

The Secretary-General plays an important role in peacemaking. The Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter that appears to threaten international peace and security, use good offices to carry out mediation or exercise quiet diplomacy behind the scenes — either personally or through special envoys. The Secretary-General also undertakes preventive diplomacy aimed at resolving disputes before they escalate.