UN Documents for Conflict Prevention and Mediation: Security Council Presidential Statements

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16 November 2021 S/PRST/2021/23 This emphasised the importance of a comprehensive approach to sustaining peace, recognised the contribution of the UN’s principal organs to the maintenance of international peace and security, and expressed its continued commitment to fostering regular interactions with other principal organs, in accordance with their respective mandates, on matters relating to preventive diplomacy tools and mechanisms.
9 November 2021 S/PRST/2021/22 The statement reaffirmed the links between development, peace and security, and human rights – the three pillars of the UN system. It further noted that exclusion and inequality may have an effect as aggravating factors in situations considered by the Council and emphasised that inclusivity is key to advancing national peacebuilding processes and objectives. The negotiations on the draft presidential statement were not easy, despite the fact that the text is based largely on agreed language.
18 January 2018 S/PRST/2018/1 This was a presidential statement on conflict prevention stating that a comprehensive conflict prevention strategy should include early warning, preventive deployment, mediation, peacekeeping, non-proliferation, accountability measures, and post-conflict peacebuilding, recognising that these components are interdependent, complementary and non-sequential.
19 January 2015 S/PRST/2015/3 This was a presidential statement which underlined “that security and development are closely interlinked and mutually reinforcing and key to attaining sustainable peace”.
15 April 2013 S/PRST/2013/4 This was the presidential statement adopted at the conclusion of the meeting on "Prevention of conflicts in Africa: addressing the root causes".
22 December 2011 S/PRST/2011/18 This was a presidential statement on preventive diplomacy reaffirming, inter alia, the responsibility of states to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
23 September 2010 S/PRST/2010/18 This statement reaffirmed the Council's primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security and the need foro a more comprehensive and concerted approach.
16 July 2010 S/PRST/2010/14 This was a presidential statement on preventive diplomacy and conflict prevention, which requested the Secretary-General to submit within 12 months a report making recommendations on how best to utilise the preventive diplomacy tools within the UN system and in co-operation with other actors.
21 April 2009 S/PRST/2009/8 This statement acknowledged the role of mediation in peace processes, requested the Secretary-General to "keep it informed of the action taken by him in promoting and supporting mediation and pacific settlement of disputes ..." and stressed the need for more women participation in mediators’ teams.
23 September 2008 S/PRST/2008/36 This was a presidential statement in which the Council requested a report on mediation and its support activities.
28 August 2007 S/PRST/2007/31 This statement requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the options for further implementation of resolution 1625.
25 June 2007 S/PRST/2007/22 This presidential statement was on the role of natural resources in conflict.
8 January 2007 S/PRST/2007/1 This statement focused on threats to international peace and security. The Council reaffirmed its resolve to take appropriate and effective action against any threat to international peace and security caused by the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery. It also took note of a briefing by the chair of the PBC on the Commission’s activities relating to Burundi and encouraged all stakeholders to devise a sound peacebuilding strategic framework for the country.
20 September 2005 S/PRST/2005/42 Was a presidential statement on conflict prevention.
31 January 2002 S/PRST/2002/2 This statement made recommendations for achieving conflict prevention and resolution in Africa and noted that the Council would consider establishing a Working Group to monitor these recommendations.