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A woman signs a document certifying her vote in Côte d’Ivoire’s legislative elections, at a polling station in Bondoukou in December 2011. ECOWAS deployed a mission of 60 observers from 8-13 December 2011 to oversee this election, which took place at a crucial time in the stabilization process of the country.

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In this policy briefing, our fifth in our series on prevention at the UN, we draw on examples from Côte d’Ivoire and Timor-Leste to illustrate how countries have developed integrated actions on prevention that cut across sectors, including security, development, and human rights. We then highlight options for the UN to better support these strategies through cross-pillar approaches and identify practical ways forward for governments implementing prevention approaches.

Aug 30, 2019
Paige Arthur, Céline Monnier
Peace and Security

Original image: www.ecowas.int

In discussions on the prevention agenda at the United Nations, member states express concerns about potential infringement on their sovereignty. This briefing, our fourth in our series on prevention at the United Nations, looks at the way ECOWAS has addressed similar sensitivities with its member states to become a symbol of successful conflict prevention.

Aug 29, 2019
Paige Arthur, Céline Monnier
2030 Agenda, Crises
Peace and Security

This fifth contribution to the challenge paper on the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion, part of the Pathfinders initiative, explores innovative social protection. We acknowledge the current partnership between the World Bank, the OECD, and the econonomic justice initiative of the Open Society Foundations in carrying out this research. 

Jul 08, 2019

Data, tech, and analytics are already transforming work to promote peace and security, and practitioners have been expanding their toolkits to take advantage of the revolution in information gathering, data analytics, ICTs, and machine learning. In an important step towards gathering a community of cross-sectoral practitioners around this issue, on March 20 more than 70 participants from around the world attended the “Data for Peace and Security” workshop in New York City. Read on for the workshop summary and the recommendations that came from the meeting. 

Jul 08, 2019
Paige Arthur
Peace and Security
The flags of the 193 UN Member States fly at the Palais des Nations, seat of the UN Office at Geneva

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Member states agree—in principle—with the Secretary-General that the United Nations should do more to­­­ prevent crises before they emerge, including through assisting countries to tackle root causes. But translating this approach into practice sometimes raises sensitivities and questions.

This briefing, our third in a series on prevention at the UN, maps out a wide range of member states’ concerns around the approach to prevention at the UN, based on dialogues with a regionally diverse group of 20 member states. It also identifies key areas of common ground that can provide the basis for forward movement on practical implementation of the prevention agenda.

Jul 02, 2019
Paige Arthur, Céline Monnier
Peace and Security

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