Peace and Security
Restructuring of the peace and security pillar
The overarching goals of the reform are to prioritize prevention and sustaining peace; enhance the effectiveness and coherence of peacekeeping operations and special political missions; move towards a single, integrated peace and security pillar; and align it more closely with the development and human rights pillars to create greater coherence and cross-pillar coordination.
Today’s response to the challenges of tomorrow
5 elements of the Reform
Creating a Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and a Department of Peace Operations
Creating a single political-operational structure under Assistant Secretaries-General with regional responsibilities, reporting to the Under-Secretaries-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and for Peace Operations
Establishing a Standing Principals’ Group of the Secretary-General and the Under-Secretaries-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and for Peace Operations
Enhancing certain priority areas to ensure coherence and coordination across the peace and security pillar
Introducing several non-structural changes in the way the peace and security pillar works.
Vision of the UN Peace and Security Pillar
The United Nations faces new challenges in ensuring peace and security, promoting sustainable development, protecting human rights and delivering humanitarian aid. Today’s conflicts cause immense human suffering, increased human casualties, displacement, often reversing hard-fought political, human rights and development gains and putting the Sustainable Development Goals at risk.
This rapidly shifting global landscape prompted the Secretary-General to lead a series of inter-related reforms, including a restructuring of the peace and security pillar. This was designed to make the pillar more coherent, pragmatic, nimble and effective, capable of collaboration with partners across the UN system and outside it to prevent violent conflict.
- Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 20 December 2017: Restructuring of the United Nations peace and security pillar (A/RES/72/199)
- Report of the Secretary-General on revised estimates relating to the programme budget for the biennium 2018–2019 related to the peace and security reform (A/72/772)
- Report of the Secretary-General on restructuring of the United Nations peace and security pillar (A/72/525)
- Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 5 July 2018: Special subjects relating to the programme budget for the biennium 2018-2019 (A/RES/72/262 C)
- UN work on international peace and security
- Change and Continuity in the reform of the UN's Peace and Security Work - DPPA newsletter
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