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Making Conflict Prevention a Concrete Reality at the UN

Adriana Erthal Abdenur
December 2019; 25 pages


The idea of conflict prevention is at the very heart of the United Nations Charter. Yet previous attempts by the UN to make conflict prevention a reality had only limited success. How can a preventive approach be made more effective? In GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 2|2019, Adriana Abdenur discusses three key elements in order for conflict prevention to become more than a buzzword. Firstly, she argues for improved risk assessment methodologies – incorporating technological innovations. Secondly, she calls for greater synergy across the three pillars peace & security, development and human rights. And finally, she sees the necessity for more advocacy for conflict prevention at the political level.

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