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Peace & Security

The UN was created following the second World War, because the international community did not want mankind to suffer the pain and horror suffered by millions of people around the world.  Since then there have been many conflicts and organised movements that threaten the  safety and security globally. 

In the Caribbean some of those issues include - the illicit trade of small arms, illegal drugs , human trafficking, spreading radical terrorist ideology in addition to other regional and local issues of crime and violence. 

UN spends 6.7 billion dollars on peacekeeping, that is 0.5 % of global military spending

There are 100 thousand personnel deployed in peacekeeping missions. 600 of them are responsible for protecting human rights, gender equality and addressing sexual harassment

Since 1948 UN deployed 74 missions around the world. Today there are 14 active missions across 4 continents




Conflict Prevention

The main strategies for preventing disputes from escalating into conflict, and for preventing the recurrence of conflict, are preventive diplomacy and preventive disarmament. Preventive diplomacy refers to action taken to prevent disputes from arising or from escalating into conflicts, and to limit the spread of conflicts when they occur. It may take the form of mediation, conciliation or negotiation.


Prevention of Genocide 

The responsibility to protect embodies a political commitment to end the worst forms of violence and persecution. It seeks to narrow the gap between Member States’ pre-existing obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law and the reality faced by populations at risk of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Contact

Email: unic.portofspain@unic.org 

The United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Area (UNIC) has moved from its office at 16 Victoria Avenue,

Port of Spain (Bretton Hall), and will relocate to new premises in early 2021.  

All current telephone landlines have been deactivated.

UNIC staff can also be reached via our individual UN email addresses. We continue teleworking operations (begun in April 2020)

until the Centre’s move to new premises.

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago