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The United Nations Approach to Sustaining Peace: Insights for the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace of the General Assembly on 24-25 April 2018

6 April, 2018



Report following a meeting hosted on Tuesday, 27 February 2018, at the Maison de la paix, Geneva, by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) under the auspices of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and with the participation of the President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.


The concept of ‘Sustaining Peace’ has emerged as a new and comprehensive approach to preventing the outbreak, continuation and recurrence of conflict. It marks a clear break from the past where efforts to build peace were perceived to be mainly restricted to post-conflict contexts. The concept, framed by the twin sustaining peace resolutions and the recently adopted United Nations (UN) Secretary General Report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, recognises that a comprehensive approach is required across the peace continuum, from conflict prevention, through peace-making, peacekeeping and longer-term development. It therefore necessitates an 'integrated and coherent approach among relevant political, security and developmental actors, within and outside of the United Nations system'.