The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) strengthens the knowledge base and analytic capacity of the UN community in the fields of conflict prevention, conflict management, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding. Founded in 2000 as a program of the Social Science Research Council, CPPF grew out of a recommendation of the Panel Report on Peacekeeping (the “Brahimi Report”) of the same year, which highlighted the need for the UN to have quick and unfettered access to external expertise about the geographic and thematic areas in which the UN operates.

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Strengthen Evidence-Based Policymaking

CPPF helps bridge the gap between evidence and UN policymaking. It gives UN decision-makers rapid access to leading scholars, experts, and practitioners outside the UN system through a range of formats, such as off-the-record meetings, informal briefings, and commissioned research. Called upon when policy processes require an injection of external, contextual, and in-depth expertise, CPPF has a tested methodology for translating academic research into knowledge that can be directly applied to ongoing policy processes.

Strengthen Internal Coherence

CPPF uses its honest-broker convening authority to strengthen system-wide coherence through shared analysis and by ensuring that all relevant stakeholders across the system are represented. We help connect UN programs and country teams with each other and with external experts who can inform UN operations and offer regional and thematic context. Recent structural reforms at the UN, as well as the growing complexity of conflicts and peace interventions have only raised the need for regular internal coherence-building

Support to Executive Processes

CPPF systematically supports executive-level review processes by providing expert analysis to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General; enhancing the capacity of regional directors and their teams to understand conflict patterns, improve regional strategies, and review mandates; and by strengthening the work of resident coordinators and other field-based leadership to promote system-wide coherence and deepen their knowledge base.

Support to Member States

CPPF provides support to its donors through a range of offerings, such as commissioned reports, meeting notes, and expert briefings. CPPF draws on its extensive experience supporting UN strategic priorities in order to help inform and guide delegations seeking Security Council representation, and to those serving on the Security Council.

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