Efforts to build and sustain peace are necessary not only once conflict has broken out, but long beforehand through preventing conflict and addressing its root causes.
We must work better together across the peace continuum, focusing on all the dimensions of conflict.
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres
While the Peacebuilding Commission had become more adaptive — expanding its work to the Gambia, Solomon Islands and the Sahel — it must do more to coordinate its efforts, particularly with the Security Council, delegates in the General Assembly stressed.
The Peacebuilding Fund works across pillars and supports integrated UN responses to fill critical gaps; respond quickly and with flexibility to political opportunities; and catalyze processes and resources in a risk-tolerant fashion.
Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace
Peacebuilding and sustaining peace requires a more coherent strategy across the UN system, as well a ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities that prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict, Secretary-General António Guterres said.
Across the globe, there are extraordinary young people creatively seeking ways to prevent violence and consolidate peace. Read: The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security
Pathways for Peace
Pathways for Peace is a joint UN–World Bank study that originates from the conviction that the international community’s attention must urgently be refocused on prevention. A scaled-up system for preventive action would save between US$5 billion and $70 billion per year.
In order to promote meaningful inclusion through broader partnerships, the 2018 Secretary-General’s report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace (A/72/707-S/2018/43) called for strengthened and systematized engagement with civil society, including women and youth groups and local communities at large. Read more