Press release: As conflicts surge around the world, new approaches to prevention can save lives and be cost-effective



WASHINGTON, March 6, 2018 — A surge in violent conflicts in recent years has left a trail of human suffering, displacement and protracted humanitarian need. Since 2010, the number of major violent conflicts has tripled, and fighting in a growing number of lower-intensity conflicts has escalated. Today, an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

Joint Communique on United Nations-African Union Memorandum of Understanding on Peacebuilding


On 18 September 2017, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, and the United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on UN-AU partnership in Peacebuilding at the AU Permanent Observer Mission in New York, on the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.