Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

The chapter reviews the evolution—both in theory and practice—of the peaceful settlement of disputes and conflict prevention as innovated and practiced over more than seven decades by the United Nations. It considers the legal and historical basis for UN actions related to peacemaking and preventive diplomacy and the challenges faced in operationalizing these pivotal concepts in global affairs. The chapter concludes by foreshadowing the ‘sustaining peace’ agenda of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, with special reference to its emphasis on preventive action and mediating violent conflicts. The UN faces numerous challenges as it seeks to regain public trust in its capacity to prevent conflict and settle disputes. Entrusting women with an enhanced role is one belated, yet essential, first step in preventing conflict and ensuring lasting security with justice.

Keywords: conflict prevention, peacemaking, preventive diplomacy, conflict management, sustaining peace

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.