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
The Peacebuilding Commission supports national and regional peacebuilding priorities, at the request of concerned governments, and advances global policy issues that are critical for peacebuilding and sustaining peace. As the Secretary-General has pointed out in his report on Our Common Agenda, the Peacebuilding Commission has reshaped the responses by the United Nations to multidimensional threats to development, peace and security through an inclusive approach.
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.
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
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.
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