What is the definition of "sustaining peace"?
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2019
On 27 April 2016, the General Assembly and the Security Council adopted parallel resolutions:
These resolutions define "sustaining peace" based on the Report of the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture, Challenge of Sustaining Peace (A/69/968 - S/2015/490).
From the preambular paragraphs of the resolutions, the concept is defined as follows:
"Recognizing that ‘sustaining peace’, as drawn from the Advisory Group of Experts report, should be broadly understood as a goal and a process to build a common vision of a society, ensuring that the needs of all segments of the population are taken into account, which encompasses activities aimed at preventing the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict, addressing root causes, assisting parties to conflict to end hostilities, ensuring national reconciliation, and moving towards recovery, reconstruction and development, and emphasizing that sustaining peace is a shared task and responsibility that needs to be fulfilled by the government and all other national stakeholders, and should flow through all three pillars of the United Nations’ engagement at all stages of conflict, and in all its dimensions, and needs sustained international attention and assistance".
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