Peacekeeping, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding remain as important as ever, while strengthened focus should be oriented towards conflict prevention. This is the focus of Long Walk of Peace towards Conflict Prevention, a new volume exploring the evolution of a peace approach within the United Nations as well as providing insights for the best way forward.
Launching at the UN HQ in Geneva, the book, through an in-depth theoretical analysis, equates peace not only with the absence of conflict but also with the synergetic presence of diverse vectors that prevent and transform conflict in a peaceful and constructive manner.
Nurturing peace in today’s interconnected world thus requires a broader canvas that along with the imperatives of human rights and development also entails a vibrant focus on education for peace, global citizenship, cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
While highlighting peace as a continuous journey of discovery, Long Walk of Peace towards Conflict Prevention considers ‘multicultural literacy’ along with ‘local presence and local knowledge’ as pivotal vectors to augment the recent surge of ‘preventive diplomacy’.
“Building peace is a continuous process. This work requires constant attention and effort, taking into account specific contexts and adapting swiftly to changing realities on the ground,” said UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay in the foreword.
The volume is a culmination of over three years of concerted efforts with UNESCO colleagues and representatives of over thirty UN agencies and entities who worked together on a research project, studying progress and challenges for the UN Peace Agenda.