The United Nations and Preventive Diplomacy – Challenges and Opportunities

The United Nations and Preventive Diplomacy – Challenges and Opportunities (Article in German) The UN has a wider range of preventive diplomacy instruments at its disposal than ever before. These include Special Envoys and Mediators, field missions, dedicated entities at the UN Secretariat, such as the Mediation Support Unit and the Standby Team of Mediation Experts, regional and sub-regional organizations and development actors, such as Resident Coordinators and Peace and Development Advisors. Recent experiences illustrate that despite certain limits, preventive diplomacy can achieve positive results. However, challenges in the form of financial, operational and political obstacles have to be overcome. The UN can use the newfound interest of member states in conflict prevention – driven in part by financial pressures - to its advantage to strengthen preventive diplomacy measures.

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Feb 25, 2014
Alischa Kugel
Peace and Security