Operationalizing the Prevention Agenda at the UN
Target audience of this project
- Member states and UN staff in New York
- At country level, UN staff and national and local actors charged with implementing a preventive approach
What we offer
- Unpacking prevention and finding common ground. The UN and its member states have yet to develop a concrete definition of what prevention entails, despite pervasive use of the term. Through research, interviews, and country visits, we have unpacked different interpretations of prevention in order to find the common ground among diverse views.
- Creating the political space for prevention. Different interpretations of prevention trigger different political sensitivities. CIC has created a space to make progress on an upstream prevention approach that benefits from broad political support.
- Developing options for operationalization. While member states agree on the importance of prevention, UN staff often struggle to operationalize it. CIC has identified some of the challenges they encounter and opportunities to overcome them.
What we do
- Dialogues with member states. CIC engages bilaterally with and organizes workshops for a group of geographically and politically diverse member states to discuss prevention in an informal setting and to advance towards more informed consensus.
- Dialogues with UN staff. CIC organizes workshops with UN staff across the whole system—including PBSO, agencies, funds, and programs (AFPs), peace and development advisors, the Secretariat—to discuss the operationalization of prevention.
- Policy briefs. CIC produces policy briefs on prevention to feed into political negotiations (for instance, the 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review) and support the operationalization of prevention.
- Briefing diplomats on prevention. CIC briefs diplomats in New York on prevention and supports effective negotiations.
Topics We Cover and Key Publications
- Bridging the Silos: Integrating Strategies across Armed Conflict, Violent Crime, and Violent Extremism to Advance the UN’s Prevention Agenda, July 2021
- Development and Prevention: National Examples of Linkages, August 2019
- Breaking the Siloes: Pragmatic National Approaches to Prevention, August 2019
- Creating the Political Space for Prevention: How ECOWAS Supports Nationally Led Strategies, August 2019
- The Prevention Agenda: Mapping Out Member States’ Concerns, July 2, 2019
- Nationally Led Prevention: Practical Examples of Approaches to Risk and Resilience, June 2019
- Unpacking prevention: Member State Perspectives, April 2019
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) to Prevent Violence
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to Sustain Peace: 4 Areas to Explore for Improving Practice, April 2021
- Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Convince Us of the Critical Mental Health Dimension for Peacebuilding?, April 2020
Prevention and Political Negotiations
- Four reasons why the New Agenda for Peace should focus on nationally led violence prevention strategies, September 2022
- Do Recommendations Really Have Influence?, April 2022
- Finding the Common Denominator: Member States and the Prevention Agenda in the 2020 Negotiations for the Peacebuilding Architecture Review, February 2021
- The New Secretary-General Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Prevention Back on the Agenda, September 2020
The COVID-19 Crisis and Violence Prevention
- How to be conflict sensitive in the midst of a pandemic? A case study on Colombia, July 2022
- The Call for a New International Treaty to Improve Pandemic Response – an Opportunity to Foster Peace?, September 2021
- Briefing from Sarah Cliffe, Director of CIC, during the High-Level Open Debate of the UN Security Council: Pandemics and the Challenges of Sustaining Peace, August 2020
- Adopting a Sustaining Peace Lens to the COVID-19 Response, July 2020
- A “Do No Harm” Approach to COVID-19 Response: Examples From the Caribbean, April 2020
- Responding to COVID-19: The Need for Conflict Sensitivity, April 2020