Sustaining Peace: Can a New Approach Change the UN?

Last April's High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, convened by the president of the General Assembly, comes two years after the concurrent resolutions of the UN General Assembly and Security Council that adopted a new approach called “sustaining peace,” which is aimed at significantly bolstering the international effort to prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict.

The secretary-general recently released his first report on how he will implement and operationalise the sustaining peace approach. It is now an ideal time to take stock of how the concept has developed since it was adopted and assess the challenges to its implementation.

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