Protracted and intractable conflicts are increasing at the global level, causing larger and more profound humanitarian crises, prolonged human suffering, political turmoil, huge economic and financial costs and large-scale displacement and refugee flows. Unless political leaders show the will to prevent and end crises, little will change for the millions of children, women and men who are caught up in crises. Leaders—including UN Security Council members—must put compassion and courage at the heart of their collective decision-making. They must use all the leverage they have—political, economic and otherwise—to prevent conflicts and find solutions. And they need to put aside divisions to invest in peaceful and inclusive societies.