DESA Task Force

Addressing the dynamics of the socio-economic causes of violent conflict and finding approaches and means to obviate them have been a matter of ongoing concern for DESA. DESA's mandate and comparative advantages in the economic, social and related fields gives it the cutting edge in providing policy and programmatic advice and inputs into the UN system's efforts in this area. While individual Divisions of DESA have been engaging themselves on issues of conflict prevention and peace-building in their work, an overarching strategic framework has yet to evolve on how best DESA can contribute to the work of other UN actors and how best it can mainstream conflict prevention, peace-building and development in its own work.

To overcome this lacuna, a DESA Task Force was established by the Under-Secretary-General and charged with developing a strategic framework to mainstream issues of conflict prevention, peace-building and development within DESA; and to play a greater role in integrating socio-economic issues in conflict prevention and peace-building in cooperation and collaboration with other actors.