Building peace in the minds of men and women

Support Crisis and Transition Response

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Conflicts and natural disasters remain the single largest impediment to development, in some cases reversing years of progress and investments.

Successful national transitions from conflict to peace and sustainable development remain an elusive goal, with half of all post-conflict countries relapsing back into conflict within ten years. Man-made and natural disasters have grown both in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change, and feed directly into a vicious cycle of conflict and violence.

Partnership with UNESCO will be an opportunity to contribute to:

  • a sector-wide approach focusing on access to quality education for the rehabilitation of education systems following a crisis,
  • support peace education and psychosocial rehabilitation, as well as TVET and life skills for demobilized ex-combatants, IDPs and refugees, secondary education, higher education, including teachers’ education and training,
  • protect cultural heritage – tangible and intangible at risk during conflict or affected.
  • support the safety of journalists and restoration of media freedom and independence in crisis settings, and providing  information to help save lives through the development of community media.

UNESCO’s interventions in crisis-affected countries capitalize on its expertise in education systems recovery, the protection of cultural heritage at risk, capacity-building for community media and the protection of journalists, the management of floods and drought, as well as multi-hazard coastal early warning systems.

Committed to making effective response to crisis situations, UNESCO aligns its action with that of UN partners, and integrates United Nations post-crisis coordination mechanisms, joint needs assessments, multi-donor and other post-crisis and pooled funding modalities and interagency coordination bodies at global and UN Country Team levels.