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Peacebuilding Commission Meets on 2020 Review of Peacebuilding Architecture

This options paper consolidates key recommendations for operationalizing the prevention agenda in light of the United Nations' 2020 peacebuilding architecture review. The paper examines options to increase national demand for prevention approaches, opportunities to build and consolidate the UN system’s expertise on prevention, and options to increase cross-pillar approaches, which are critical to the success of prevention initiatives. 

Jun 23, 2020
Paige Arthur, Céline Monnier
Peace Operations
Progress in meeting the gender parity goals across the United Nations is now much easier to monitor than before, but it is nevertheless surprisingly difficult to access data on demographic and other factors for senior appointments made in the past, or to monitor current appointments in real time. CIC is working with NYU's Center for Global Affairs to automate the data collection process and develop a visually compelling database sharing information about senior appointments over the last 25 years.
Secretary-General António Guterres records a video message in the UNTV studio on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, and the launch of a report on this subject.

2020 is the 75th anniversary year of the United Nations, and it has already shaped up to be a year of unprecedented international shocks and potential for transformation. This briefing looks at what global polling reveals about trust in international cooperation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun 15, 2020
Karina Gerlach, Robert Kang
United Nations
Multilateral Reform
Protest in New Orleans over the death of George Floyd

The protests that have roiled the United States over the past weeks are rooted in an issue at the heart of the divisions in American society: racism. But they also take place in a climate of increasing inequality and polarization. This briefing by Sarah Cliffe draws on comparative global analysis to ask whether the US now risks large-scale civil conflict.

Jun 10, 2020
Sarah Cliffe
United States
Satellite image of Sednaya military prison (©Google/Maxar Technologies 2020).

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a dire risk to the tens of thousands of people imprisoned in Syria’s archipelago of prisons and detention facilities. This briefing provides an overview of detention conditions in Syria and outlines a two-step approach to averting a looming catastrophe—one that threatens not only those detained, but the Syrian population at large.

Jun 08, 2020
Hanny Megally , Leah Zamore
Humanitarian Crises