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Protesters hold a banner above Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, April 2020

With economies around the world suffering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global public wants governments to adopt bold approaches in response—and polls from a range of countries show that large majorities believe their actions have not been strong enough. This briefing examines global polling data showing that policies previously deemed “radical” are now garnering widespread support in many countries.

Jun 25, 2020
Leah Zamore, Ben Phillips
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