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Enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in enhancing confidence-building and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution - Security Council, Open debate
19 Apr 2021 -  With remarks from the UN Secretary-General.

Security Council Open debate on the theme “Enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in enhancing confidence-building and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution”, under the agenda item entitled “Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security”.

Extract from the concept note:
The international community’s efforts towards the maintenance of international peace and security continue to be seriously challenged. The “scourge of war” still plagues our world today as many regions and countries still experience tensions and instability, often caused by ethnic and racial conflicts, inter-State disputes, transnational organized crime, activities of armed and terrorist groups, among others.
With comparative advantages of geographical proximity, experience and in-depth knowledge of local dynamics, regional and subregional organizations are attuned to the current trends and contexts of their regions and are better prepared for detecting and mitigating the signs and causes of worsening situations.
Recognizing these advantages, the United Nations bodies, especially the Security Council, have held discussions with various regional organizations, including the African Union, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the League of Arab States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Over the years, the Security Council has elaborated on a number of specific aspects of cooperation with regional and subregional organizations, including in conflict prevention and resolution. However, it is regrettable that the unique importance of promoting confidence-building measures and dialogue, in cooperation with regional organizations, in conflict prevention and resolution has been overlooked to a certain extent.