Alert 2013! Report on conflicts, human rights and peacebuilding is a yearbook that analyses the state of the world in terms of conflict and peacebuilding on the basis of four pillars: armed conflicts, socio-political crises, peace processes and the gender dimension in peacebuilding. The analysis of the most important events in 2012 and of the nature, causes, dynamics, actors and consequences of the main armed conflicts and socio-political crises that currently exist in the world makes it possible to provide a comparative regional overview and to identify global trends, as well as risk and early warning elements for the future. The report also identifies opportunities for peacebuilding or for the reduction, prevention or resolution of conflicts. In both cases, one of the main objectives of the present report is to place the information, analysis and identification of alert factors and opportunities for peace at the service of actors responsible for political decision-making, for intervening in the peaceful resolution of conflicts or for raising the political, media or academic profile of the many situations of political and social violence that exist throughout the world.