Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

UN Women
United Nations, New York, NY 10017. USA


The mandate of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) is to assist Member States in preventing violent conflict and making and sustaining peace in an increasingly complex and volatile global context.

Areas of Focus

DPPA addresses the issue of violence against women both during and after conflict as part of its overall efforts to ensure that gender relevant issues and perspectives are fully integrated into the Department’s daily work to promote inclusive conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding. The Department’s main focus in this area is preventing and addressing conflict-related sexual violence as a priority for peace.

DPPA is an active member of UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action), which aims to improve coordination and accountability, amplify programming and advocacy, and support national efforts to prevent sexual violence and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.