The editors of the Global Observatory have compiled some of 2021’s notable and most-read articles that speak to both global events and new thinking around topics such as conflict, counterterrorism, UN peacekeeping, gender and security, and the climate crisis.
If the UN is to prevent a resurgence of conflict following the exit of MONUSCO, it is imperative that comprehensive peacebuilding measures are implemented to address the structural drivers of conflict in the DRC, including systemic inequality and exclusion.
Later this month—with little fanfare—United Nations Security Council members are expected to adopt a resolution extending the expiring mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED).
The International Peace Institute’s 10 most-read reports of 2021 address many of the areas of action in the United Nations secretary-general’s report “Our Common Agenda.”
The joint operations against the Allied Democratic Forces in the Beni territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo raise critical legal, operational, and reputational challenges for MONUSCO.
Disha Sarkar, a climate advocate and a YOUNGO youth delegate at the COP26 climate talks, discusses “ground level” advocacy and promoting the inclusion of youth in global decision-making.
Noemi Florea has compiled some key data visualizations from 2021 for the Global Observatory that highlight progress on climate change, from expanded research on the global environment to emerging developments for climate adaptation.
The ways forward are clear. If they are taken, Security Council leadership on addressing climate-related security risks—underpinned by a thematic resolution—is still in prospect.
90 percent of the world’s 1.8 billion youth live in developing or conflict-affected countries where climate change is a serious “risk multiplier” for peace and sustainable development.
There are five key elements to watch over the coming year as countries move forward on their climate promises.
In the wake of COP26, there is a need to examine the current structures and dynamics of global climate governance.
Permafrost thaw presents a major challenge to Arctic communities and ecosystems and has enormous potential to accelerate climate change and its global impacts.
As the international community grapples with how to approach the crisis in Afghanistan, many are questioning the role that international sanctions should play in seeking to encourage or pressure the Taliban not to revert to its ways of the past.
How the ten elected members of the Security Council act, and the issues they raise, can have a lasting effect.
The global submarine cable network needs to be governed and protected, but it also has risks and vulnerabilities, and the potential to spur new forms of tensions and conflicts.
Neither local nor international politics are currently right for a UN peacekeeping deployment in Afghanistan.
The roll-out of counterterrorism and P/CVE policies, plans, and projects in the Philippines is having a significant negative impact on peace, security, and the fulfillment of human rights in the country.
The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and its review process should be a thorough, inclusive, and strategic reflection on the role of the UN in counterterrorism, focusing on peace, rights, development, and security.
As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, there is value in assessing the emergence of counterterrorism as the “fourth pillar” of the UN, its effectiveness to date, and the way ahead.
As the peace talks gain momentum again, ensuring that women’s voices are sufficiently represented in peace efforts should be a top priority.
The peace and security arrangement between federal and regional states has allowed special forces to instigate conflicts in unique ways.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his government are wary of the interference, complaints, and demands made by the international community.
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