Box 4.1 Coordination on early warning and preventive action
The UN Interdepartmental Framework for Coordination on Early Warning and Preventive Action (“Framework Team”) brings together the various parts of the UN system to devise strategies for consolidating peace, building on national and civil society efforts in the field. The Framework Team has been instrumental in initiating and coordinating early preventive action among a large number of UN bodies. It serves as a “gearbox” between the field and Headquarters, channelling early warning information and suggestions on preventive and pre-emptive measures to the appropriate forums and decision making bodies. It utilizes existing tools, such as UN CCAs, UNDAFs and PRSPs, and builds on specific conflict prevention programmes that may be taking shape at the country level. A main concern of the UN Country Teams is to ensure that initiatives developed under the Framework Team have the necessary support of national governments and local authorities.