How can world peace be maintained

Peacekeeping

The United Nations has a wide range of instruments at its disposal for securing and restoring peace and stability in conflict areas. UN peacekeeping tries to prevent the outbreak of conflicts, intervenes in existing conflicts and supports the building of a stable peace after they have ended.

The spectrum of UN peacekeeping ranges from peaceful dispute settlement to military operations; it takes place through diplomatic channels, through civil and / or military peace missions, with the consent of the conflicting parties or as a coercive measure by the international community. The instruments for conflict management are used in different conflict phases: In order to counter the outbreak or escalation of a conflict, conflict prevention is necessary - e.g. preventive diplomacy, mediation or political missions. Conflict intervention measures include peace missions, mediation and negotiations between the conflicting parties, sanctions, military operations or humanitarian aid. Once a conflict has ended, peace must be guaranteed over the long term. This requires civil measures within the framework of peacebuilding, which, for example, accompany the reconstruction of economic, democratic and rule-of-law structures. Peacebuilding operations, police missions and political missions serve this purpose, as do development cooperation or the establishment of tribunals to restore justice in post-war societies.

Read more on our pages about the responsibilities under the umbrella of the United Nations for securing peace, about peace missions and the importance of sustainable development for peace.


"The United Nations has set itself the following goals: 1. To maintain world peace and security and, to this end, to take effective collective measures to prevent and eliminate threats to peace, to suppress attacks and other breaches of peace, and to international disputes or situations, which could lead to a breach of peace, to be settled or settled by peaceful means according to the principles of justice and international law; (...) "

Quote from: UN Charter; Cape. 1, Section 1, Paragraph 1