Conflict Prevention in the Sahel: Emerging Practice Across the UN

Day, Adam and Caus, Jessica (2020). Conflict Prevention in the Sahel: Emerging Practice Across the UN. United Nations University.

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    Author Day, Adam
    Caus, Jessica
    Title Conflict Prevention in the Sahel: Emerging Practice Across the UN
    Publication Date 2020-01-13
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 38
    Language eng
    Abstract Preventing violent conflict is a central goal of the United Nations and a clear priority for Secretary-General António Guterres. It is generally recognised that for prevention to be effective, the UN must act earlier, often in non-mission settings where the UN is led by a Resident Coordinator (RC). Recent reform of the UN Development System has been geared at making the RC system more capable of addressing prevention challenges, including by aligning political, development and humanitarian work of the UN. In the context of these reforms, the Sahel presents an immediate challenge, given the inter-related security, humanitarian and political risks facing the region as a whole. In recognition of these risks, the UN has prioritised the Sahel, undertaking a wide array of new initiatives, channelling resources, and working in innovative ways with a range of partners in the region. This policy paper was developed to directly support the UN’s understanding of the situation in the Sahel, and of the ways in which the UN system in non-mission settings can better respond to current and emerging risks. Acknowledging that the UN reforms are still in early phases of rollout, the paper identifies emerging practice in the UN’s prevention efforts across the Sahel. It finds that, while often the UN plays a minor and/or supporting role in conflict prevention, some of the new approaches arising from the reforms have enabled potentially greater impact and certainly stronger synergies that could be further leveraged into even more effective responses in the future. The project has been carried out with the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. The project builds on past research by UNU-CPR about Resident Coordinator -led conflict prevention.
    UNBIS Thesaurus CONFLICT
    GROUP CONFLICT PREVENTION
    PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
    SUDANO-SAHELIAN REGION
    MALI
    CHAD
    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
    BURKINA FASO
    NIGER
    SUDAN
    MAURITANIA
    ALGERIA
    CAMEROON
    Keyword Peacekeeping
    Peace and Security
    Peace missions
    United Nations
    United Nations Security Council
    Sahel
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280865110
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