Peace and Security
Better prevention, peacebuilding and management of crises
The overarching goals of peace and security reform are to:
- prioritize prevention and sustain peace;
- enhance the effectiveness and coherence of peacekeeping operations and special political missions;
- continue moving 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
Video: Resident Coordinators on Peace and Security – UN Reform working together
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.
A unified peace and security pillar with a renewed commitment to prevention and sustaining peace is working together on a number of key shared priorities in line with the overall vision of the pillar: