Background

 At its thirtieth session, It was recalled that the topic of promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies and preventing conflict held an in-depth discussion. During the discussion, the Committee had focused on the importance of a risk - informed, conflict - sensitive and prevention - centred approach and underscored the need for a s ystem - wide engagement transcending the various pillars of the Charter of the United Nations. The Committee had also emphasized risk analysis, prevention and resilience - building as common threads connecting pillars. In addition, the Committee had affirmed i ts commitment to continued engagement on those critical issues.

Discussion

The Committee had before it, for its review and approval, a draft CEB policy statement entitled “Bringing the Unite d Nations system together to support conflict prevention and peacebuilding with the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, prepared jointly by the Department of Political Affairs and the Peacebuilding Support Office, in consultation with members of the Committee. In addition, the Committee would develop, in the coming months, a framing paper to analyse specific linkages across the Sustainable Development Goals, with a view to articulating a shared understanding of integration parameters and opportunit ies in order to foster enhanced cross - pillar coordination. Furthermore, as an additional input to those efforts and in the light of the centrality of a better understanding of risk, the World Food Programme (WFP) had prepared a discussion note specifically addressing risk analysis, prevention and resilience for consideration by the Committee at its thirty - first session.

Stephen Jackson, Chief of Policy Planning of the Department of Political Affairs, introduced the draft CEB policy statement. He observe d that, with the preparation of the reviews of the High - level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture and Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women and peace and security a nd the adoption of the transformative and universal 2030 Agenda, 2015 had been characterized by a series of interwoven examinations of the United Nations peace and security architecture.

Collectively, those reviews and intergovernmental policy processes placed prevention and peacebuilding firmly at the centre of the collective work of the United Nations. The 2030 Agenda, in part icular, sought to address the world’s most pressing problems in a truly integrated way by combining environmental, development, human rights, inclusiveness and peace and stability concerns into a single, symbiotic package. The draft CEB policy statement before the Committee sought to help to generate awareness, commitment and concrete action by the United Nations system with regard to that imperative by focusing on the pursuit of collective objectives thro ugh collaboration, rather than integration for its own sake.

Paul Howe, Chief of the Emergencies and Transitions Unit of WFP, introduced the discussion note on risk a nalysis, prevention and resilience. He noted that, given current trends regarding conflict and humanitarian crises, a decidedly proactive approach was needed in order to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda. The three components outlined in the discussion paper — risk analysis, prevention and resilience — presented an approach that, while chronological and complementary, was not without conceptual challenges. Whereas risk analysis and resilience - building were concepts most frequently applied in the context of natural disasters, prevention was most often applied in situations of conflict. The paper before the Committee represented an attempt to identify key conceptual issues that needed to be addressed in order to equip the United Nations system with a more coherent policy framework applicable to all crisis situations.

The members of the Committee unanimously supported the draft CEB policy statement, with many noting the high quality of the text and its usefulness in demonstrating the need to break d own existing institutional and substantive silos. The statement provided a welcome impetus for the organizations and entities of the United Nations system to broaden their horizons and deepen their commitment to cooperation and collaboration across the peace and security, human rights, humanitarian and development areas of United Nations work.The Committee express appreciation for the discussion note on risk analysis, prevention and resilience, with many members stating that they regarded the analysis provided therein as forward - looking and thought - provoking. It was noted that the paper would also provide useful input to the framing paper on cross - pillar linkages across the Sustainable Development Goals, which the Committee planned to consider at its thirty - second session.

Action

The Committee approved the draft CEB policy statement, subject to appropriate reflection on comments made during the discussion, for transmission to CEB for endorsement at its first regular session of 2016. The Committee also requested WFP to lead an informal task team to deepen analytical work on risk, prevention and resilience, taking into account the views expressed at its thirty - first session.