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@PKO Now! is a column by the International Peace Cooperation Program Advisors, with an aim to provide the facts on PKO and to introduce observations based on their research activities.

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No. 94 From Post-conflict Peacebuilding to “Sustaining Peace”

August 5, 2016
Yuichiro Sakai
Program Advisor

On April 27, 2016, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council simultaneously adopted a resolution on peacebuilding. The resolution is considered groundbreaking as it expanded the concept of peacebuilding from post-conflict activities to a process also covering periods during and after the conflict with a focus on conflict prevention. This expanded concept of peacebuilding is referred to as “sustaining peace,” and it is the obligation of the entire UN system including the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council to respond to its challenges, requiring a more integrated UN approach. This @PKO Now! examines the concept and challenges of “sustaining peace” through the analysis of documents including the 2015 report “Challenges of Sustaining Peace: Report of the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture,” which informed the resolution.

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