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Preventive Diplomacy

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Since the publication of the 1992 Agenda for Peace of then UN Secretary- General Boutros-Ghali, the term preventive diplomacy has been viewed as an important addition to the spectrum of the UNs peace-promoting activities, beside peaceful settlement of disputes peacekeeping operations, and peacekeeping (according to Chapter VII UN Charter). The broader-based terms conflict prevention and crisis prevention, respectively, are now preferred, both in politics and journalism. As far as UN practice is concerned, the Security Council has so far played only a modest preventive role. In general, the Council is already overburdened with managing violent conflicts. Another key set of UN instruments relating to preventive diplomacy is that comprising the diverse institutions and mechanisms of human-rights protection.

Keywords: human-rights protection; peacekeeping operations; preventive diplomacy; Security Council ; UN instruments

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