In February 2001, the Security Council recognized that
peacebuilding is aimed at preventing the outbreak, the recurrence or the continuation of armed conflict and therefore encompasses a wide range of political, development, humanitarian and human rights programmes and mechanisms. This requires short and long-term actions tailored to address the particular needs of societies sliding into conflict or emerging from it.
But, as the UN Advisory Group Of Experts for the Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture reported in 2015:
for many UN Member States and UN Organization entities alike, peacebuilding is left as an afterthought: under-prioritized, under-resourced and undertaken only after the guns fall silent. But sustaining peace is amongst the core tasks established for the Organization by the UN Charter’s vision of “sav[ing] succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” It must be the principle that flows through all the UN’s engagements, informing all the Organization’s activities – before, during and after violent conflicts – rather than being marginalized.
The following pages explore how the UN handles peacebuilding.
- Peacebuilding and the UN
- Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO)
- Secretary-General on Conflict Prevention and Sustaining Peace
- UK Statement to UN Security Council Debate on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
- UN and Reconciliation
- UN Development Programme (UNDP)
- UN Network of Young Peace Builders (UNOY)
- UN Peacebuilding Commission
- UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF)
- UNA-UK statement on relaunching a UN-facilitated peace process for Syria
- UNDP and Transitional Peacebuilding in Iraq
- Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding