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Peace

Conflict prevention, peacebuilding and responsive institutions

UNDP’s work on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and responsive institutions is anchored in the UN Secretary-General’s commitment to building peaceful and resilient societies. We help countries build sustainable pathways to peace, safeguard development gains, and avoid future descents into crisis that often results from violence and conflict. UNDP is committed to strengthening a culture of ‘prevention’ using an inclusive whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to ensure no one is left behind for successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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Guatemala: Insider Mediators supported by UNDP learn and apply techniques for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
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UNDP supports country and regional conflict analysis, including through Peace and Development Advisors.
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Bangladesh: UNDP has partnered with Facebook and Google to launch a platform on utilizing technology to create PVE counter narratives.

Today’s crises are often protracted, cross-border, and compounded by transnational challenges such as rising inequality, societal exclusion, fractured institutions, climate change, resource scarcity, demographic pressures, illicit financial flows, and violent extremism. To address inequalities and exclusion and prevent future crises, it is important to ensure that institutions are more inclusive and accountable, and that peacebuilding and development strategies are sustainable, conflict-sensitive, locally-owned and gender-responsive.

UNDP offers five interconnected services grounded squarely in crisis prevention and social inclusion: Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding; Restoring Core Government Functions; Strengthening Local Governance; Preventing Violent Extremism; and Supporting Climate Security.  

In our role as integrator, UNDP ensures coherence for prevention, peacebuilding and responsive institutions across the UN system through signature partnerships. With the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), UNDP deploys Peace and Development Advisors (PDA) in the Office of UN Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in 49 countries. As a co-chair of the UN Interagency Platform on Supporting Core Government Functions in Fragile and Crisis-affected Settings with DPPA, and working closely with the World Bank, UNDP delivers structural prevention solutions for strengthening the basic functionality of core governance institutions across various development contexts impacted by fragility and crises. With the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), UNDP works with 20+ countries to prevent violent extremism through inclusive development and promotion of tolerance and respect for diversity. With the UN Environment Programme and DPPA, UNDP supports the Climate Security Mechanism, a newly established initiative to ensure an integrated approach to climate-related security risks.

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