Conflict Prevention, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding

Tracking developments in conflict prevention and mitigation strategies across the UN and beyond.

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Exploring strategies and mechanisms to help prevent or mitigate sources of conflict has been one of the core research and practice areas within UNU-CPR since its founding. This includes following current dynamics and evolving practice within UN-led peacekeeping and peacebuilding, as well as how diplomatic engagement, foreign assistance, and peacebuilding interventions by other multilateral or regional bodies or by individual Member States, can help mitigate and prevent conflict. 

Recent publications and policy collaborations in this area have explored the future of peace operations in a changing landscape, examined how peace operations have promoted human rights protection strategies, and stress-tested the regional architecture for prevention. UNU-CPR's work in this area also intersects with other key thematic areas. For example, how climate-security dynamics can both help and hinder conflict prevention and peacebuilding strategies, how inclusion of youth and women might enhance and extend peacebuilding work, and the implications of non-state armed groups and actors for peace operations.

Research Highlights

Blog Post

How the UN Can Help Prevent Another Israel-Lebanon War

Three ways the UN can use a preventive diplomacy role to reduce the risks of another devastating conflict.

10 Jan 2024

Blog Post

The New Agenda for Peace: A Model for the Declaration on Future Generations?

Although far from perfect, the New Agenda for Peace offers a potentially transformative model for emerging and future risks.

19 Jul 2023

Selected Projects

Project

Thematic Review on Youth, Peace and Security

Examining how the Peacebuilding Fund has contributed to realizing the 'YPS' agenda over the past five years.

09 Feb 2024

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Thematic Review on Human Rights and Peacebuilding

Evaluating the Peacebuilding Fund's role in fostering synergies between human rights and peacebuilding.

09 Feb 2024

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Inclusion and Gender Sensitivity for Effective Peace Mediation

This project showed that women’s inclusion and gender sensitivity in peace mediation are inseparable but not interchangeable.

09 Feb 2022

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Stress Testing the UN’s Regional Prevention Approaches

This project was driven by the key question: How can the UN better integrate its regional prevention work to more effectively respond to major crises?

24 Jul 2023

Two people use smart phones.

Disinformation and Peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa

Security implications of AI-Altered Information Environments
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Events

Conversation Series

Peacebuilding in the Wake of Ukraine and Sudan

TOKYO: On 31 August 2023, UNU will host a conversation with Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, Distinguished Professor, Kyoto University of the Arts.

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Event

Stronger Partnerships, Regional Prevention, and the New Agenda for Peace: A Dialogue Towards the Summit of the Future

Critical considerations for the upcoming Summit of the Future.

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Event

Partnering on Peacebuilding, Climate, and Security in the Sahel Region: Opportunities and Lessons Learned

This high-level side event to the UN General Assembly took stock of recent learning on climate-security and peacebuilding.

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Publications

Report

Conflict Prevention in the Sahel: Emerging Practice Across the UN

Supporting the UN’s understanding of the situation in the Sahel - and how it can better respond to current and emerging risks.

10 Jan 2019

Project

Peacebuilding and Authoritarianism: The Unintended Consequences of UN Engagement in Post-Conflict Settings

Developing a usable framework to ensure peacebuilding support is not distorted or co-opted.

08 Apr 2021

Report

Conflict Prevention and Resolution in a Multipolar World: Priorities for the G7

The G7 can more effectively reduce the risks of large-scale violent conflict through investments in multilateral peacemaking and peacebuilding.

04 Nov 2022

Report

The New Geopolitics of Converging Risks: The UN and Prevention in the Era of AI

The emerging impacts of AI convergence on the UN's prevention agenda.

03 Jan 2019

Elevating the UN Peacebuilding Commission

Proposals for the Summit of the Future
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Research Commentary

Blog Post

How the UN Can Help Prevent Another Israel-Lebanon War

Three ways the UN can use a preventive diplomacy role to reduce the risks of another devastating conflict.

10 Jan 2024

Blog Post

Climate Financing and Peacebuilding Go Hand in Hand

Projects in conflict-affected and fragile spaces, while difficult, is certainly possible—and could be the surest investment for peacebuilding.

01 Dec 2023

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Breaking Cycles of Violence: Prioritizing Mental Health to Foster Sustainable Peace

Psychological trauma can hinder peacebuilding. But recent advances in psychosocial support could help prevent future outbreaks of violence.

05 Jun 2023

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Moving From Paper To Practice on UN Security Council Language on Women, Peace, and Security in Conflict-Affected Contexts

On International Women's Day 2022 we reflect on a recent event concerning Security Council language on Women, Peace, and Security.

09 Mar 2022