COVID-19 is creating a series of crises that increase the risk of conflict worldwide, and addressing these risks early on and building resilience to them is key to preventing the potential for violence. But the pandemic also brings new opportunities for peacebuilding. This report documents how the United Nations has made positive steps toward implementing a sustaining peace approach in the COVID-19 response so far, and provides recommendations for deepening these gains across the system.
A group of human rights experts, including CIC's Leah Zamore, co-drafted a statement outlining 14 human rights principles for protecting migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons during and after COVID-19. The principles, which over a thousand legal scholars have signed since late April, have been highlighted by the International Organization on Migration and quoted by the United Nations secretary-general. They are reprinted in full here.
With economies around the world suffering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global public wants governments to adopt bold approaches in response—and polls from a range of countries show that large majorities believe their actions have not been strong enough. This briefing examines global polling data showing that policies previously deemed “radical” are now garnering widespread support in many countries.
This options paper consolidates key recommendations for operationalizing the prevention agenda in light of the United Nations' 2020 peacebuilding architecture review. The paper examines options to increase national demand for prevention approaches, opportunities to build and consolidate the UN system’s expertise on prevention, and options to increase cross-pillar approaches, which are critical to the success of prevention initiatives.