While growing geopolitical rifts often complicate or block international cooperation, global and regional multilateral bodies including the United Nations, international financial institutions, G7 and G20 still play an important role in crisis management, alongside regional organisations like the European Union and African Union. Crisis Group analyses diplomatic trends in multilateral forums, as well as the performance of international peacemaking, peacekeeping and conflict prevention efforts. Working closely with diplomats and international officials in New York, Brussels, Addis Ababa, Geneva and other international centres, we advise on mandates and strategies for mediation efforts and peace operations, as well as contributing ideas for institutional reform efforts.
The UN Secretary-General has encountered resistance to many of the ideas for strengthening international peace and security he laid out in a July policy brief. Achieving consensus on large-scale multilateral reform will be hard, but a summit in 2024 is a focus for limited innovation.
Regaining It Will Require Accepting a Diminished Role for an Age of Competition.
On 24 October, Crisis Group's President and CEO Comfort Ero delivered a speech when receiving The Sir Brian Urquhart Award from United Nations Association, UK (UNA-UK).
Each year, Crisis Group publishes two updates to the EU Watch List that identify where the EU and its member states can help enhance prospects for peace. This update includes entries on Colombia, Niger, Tunisia, Türkiye and the Rohingya refugee crisis.
In this Twitter space, Comfort Ero and Richard Gowan talk about all you need to know for this year’s high-level meeting at the UN General Assembly.
Marking the opening of the 78th UN General Assembly, Crisis Group experts discuss challenges facing the UN’s efforts to promote peace and end conflict worldwide. This special page also includes Crisis Group’s latest updates from the annual High-Level Week in New York, as well as its coverage of the UN over the past year.
It has been a hard year at the UN, with major-power tensions rising, and more difficulties likely lie ahead. Nonetheless, there are several important steps the body’s officials and member states can take in the interest of international peace and security.
A lot of [the] time now, the U.N.’s role has been reduced to geopolitical ambulance-chasing.
The UN has to be cautious. I think, when it comes to specific policy issues like peacekeeping [in Ukraine].
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