Peace and Security Reform
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.
What is the role of the new departments?
The Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) would combine the strategic, political and operational responsibilities of the current Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and the peacebuilding responsibilities of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). DPPA would have global responsibility for political and peacebuilding issues, and would manage a spectrum of tools and engagements across the conflict continuum to ensure a more holistic approach to conflict prevention and resolution, electoral assistance, peacebuilding and sustaining peace. It will provide strategic, political, operational and management advice, direction and backstopping to all special political missions.
The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) would serve as an integrated “centre of excellence” for United Nations Peace operations, be responsible for preventing, responding to and managing conflict and sustaining peace in the context of mandates in countries where peace operations under its purview are deployed. This includes facilitating and implementing political agreements, providing integrated strategic, political, operational and management advice, direction and support to peace operations; developing political, security and integrated strategies, leading integrated analysis and planning of peace operations and backstopping those operations.
- 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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