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Preventive Diplomacy: Delivering Results

Preventive Diplomacy Report In the first UN report on the use of preventive diplomacy to resolve tensions and crises before they escalate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describes the growing importance of this practice for the United Nations and its partners, underscoring its potential to save lives and protect development gains at a low cost to the international community.  The report speaks to recent advances and accomplishments in the field and proposes a forward agenda for strengthening the use of preventive diplomacy as a means of diminishing conflicts and their devastating toll. Successful preventive diplomacy is not easy, however building up the world’s collective capacities in this area is “without doubt, one of the smartest investments we can make,” the Secretary-General says in his report.




Download the full Report of the Secretary-General (PDF)

  Read the Report in other official UN languages


  Questions & Answers on preventive diplomacy


  Country cases and video interviews with UN envoys:

Democratic Republic of the Congo I Guinea I Iraq I Kenya I Kyrgyzstan I Sierra Leone I Sudan


  Security Council supports strengthening of preventive diplomacy:

High-level meeting of 22 September 2011



  Video: Peace Through Preventive Action - The Department of Political Affairs