UN Community Engagement Guidelines on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace
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. He asked for the development, in consultation with civil society, of “guidelines on system-wide engagement with civil society for sustaining peace” (para. 61). In response to the Secretary-General’s request, DPPA/PBSO has led a joint United Nations-Civil Society working group to develop the UN system-wide Community Engagement Guidelines on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace through an innovative, inclusive and consultative process since 2018. This working group included the Policy Planning Unit (PPU) of DPPA, the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (DPET) of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), OHCHR, UNDP, UN Women, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), the International Peace Institute (IPI) and the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO). This process included an online survey completed by more than 300 UN and civil society actors working in peacebuilding contexts; 42 video consultations in six focus countries; and a three-day global online consultation with more than 400 participants, mostly local peacebuilders.