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The concept of "pathways" has increasingly come to frame the challenge of achieving sustainable peace. It is a bridging concept that helps visualize how risks and opportunities are acted upon in different societies.Recently, the United Nations and the World Bank launched a joint study on "Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent," providing evidence to support a renewed focus on prevention.The study shifts the thinking about prevention by introducing the term "pathways" to present the trajectory that every society outlines during the dynamic interaction of its actors, institutions and structural factors, illustrating how different risks and opportunities affect those pathways.Having different but complementary mandates, the two organizations bring a comparative advantage to the approach of conflict prevention.Moreover, the study calls for deeper partnerships between all international actors to advance national pathways for peace.Drawing on the pathways, the study raises key questions on how conflict prevention is framed, understood and addressed.Accordingly, reinforcing societies' pathways toward peace is achieved by investing in prevention rather than responding to crisis.As Holte said, it is a question of how the work can be done more efficiently and effectively by promoting a holistic approach to peace building, development and humanitarian efforts.
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