Unpacking Prevention: Member State Perspectives

Improving global governance
Posted May 17, 2019 | NYU Center on International Cooperation, Paige Arthur, CĂ©line Monnier

The United Nations (UN) has recognised the need for a preventive approach to otherwise protracted crises and conflicts that take years and even decades to resolve. UNSG António Guterres has made prevention a priority. Evidence shows that in addition to averting massive human suffering, prevention is also cost-effective. In this policy brief by the NYU Center on International Cooperation, Paige Arthur and Céline Monnier explore different understandings of prevention among member states, based on discussions with a regionally diverse group of 19 countries, and highlight some areas of overlap that would support the prevention agenda. A key finding is that member states are more accepting of prevention if it is seen to apply to all countries, not just conflict-affected ones.



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