Peace and Security Reform

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

Our vision

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:

  • Politics

    We work towards the promotion of political solutions to conflicts, which are a prerequisite to a sustainable peace
  • People

    We work to engage societies beyond political elites and ground our action in a deep knowledge of socio-economic, environmental, and structural aspects of the communities and peoples we serve.
  • Impact

    We support effective and efficient field presences, working to maximize their impact and deliver positive change on the ground.


  • Partnerships

    We engage in partnerships across the United Nations system, with member states, and with international, regional, sub-regional, and local institutions and actors.
  • Innovation

    We prioritize innovation--in our approach, our partnerships, and in integrating new technologies—to enhance our work, while also committing to better understanding and managing the new risks posed by technological advancements.
  • Learning

    Our most crucial resource is our staff, who carry the vision into action. We will rely on and invest in them to build a culture of mutual learning, creativity, growth, and ownership.