August 22, 2014
United Nations Security Council Commits to Early Action to Prevent Conflict
Photo: The UN Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution expressing its commitment to take early and effective actions to prevent armed conflict and to that end to employ all appropriate means at its disposal. August 21, 2014. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.
The United Nations Security Council today expressed its commitment to consider and use the tools of the United Nations system to ensure that warning signals about potential conflicts trigger “early, concrete preventive action”.
Senior UN officials urged the body to take up the challenge of helping move the Organization from a culture of reaction towards one of prevention.
Unanimously adopting a resolution ahead of a day-long meeting on conflict prevention, the Council expressed its determination to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations “in preventing and ending armed conflicts, their escalation, spread when they occur, and their resurgence once they end,” and underlined the overriding moral, political and humanitarian imperatives as well as the economic advantages of taking such a preventive approach.
“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte.