…the Security Council issued a resolution that sought to address conflict at all stages – from peace agreement to post-conflict peacebuilding.1
In his report to the Security Council in June, the Secretary-General followed up on last year’s presidential address and made conflict prevention the focus once again. This year, there were far-reaching recommendations that should guide the UN’s future approach to conflict prevention:
1) Conflict prevention is one of the primary obligations of Member States set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, and United Nations efforts in conflict prevention must be in conformity with the purposes and principles of the Charter.
2) Conflict prevention must have national ownership. The primary responsibility for conflict prevention rests with national governments,…