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Preventing and Ending Conflicts: Analytical Paper on WHS Self-Reporting on Agenda for Humanity Core Responsibility One and Transformation 5C

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Executive Summary:

Core Responsibility One of the Agenda for Humanity on Preventing and Ending Conflicts parallels the ongoing efforts at the United Nations to prioritize prevention in the UN’s work, particularly through the concept of sustaining peace.

In stakeholder reporting on implementation of WHS commitments, Member States stressed their efforts to bring about a more coherent and coordinated approach within their national governments, including by integrating conflict prevention.

They also reported on initiatives that they had undertaken at the global level, particularly within the UN fora in preventing and ending conflict. Non-government stakeholders and civil society actors also emphasized the need for inclusiveness and community engagement in peacebuilding. In particular, their reports highlighted the role that stakeholders can play as active advocates for the conflict prevention agenda, particularly in creating a supportive environment for domestic efforts, as well as in galvanizing action by international actors.

Challenges identified by the self-reports include the perennial concern over funding and ensuring adequate resources, the need for robust and timely data to inform analysis and recommendations, as well as the importance of translating soaring political rhetoric into action. A number of Member States reported the lack of sustainable financing for preventive action. Some Member States noted that funding for peacebuilding constitute a small percentage of total Official Development Assistance with political incentives to prevent violent conflict remaining low.

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