This report aims to reflect the discussions during Geneva Peace Week 2017 with a specific emphasis on its guiding theme Prevention Across Sectors and Institutions. Key takeaways of the report are:
- The world may have never had such a wealth of tested instruments and early warning systems to effectively prevent violent conflict. Many organizations working in this field have matured over the last two decades and are ready to advance prevention at an operational level.
- The use or threat of armed force or violence remains an accepted policy instrument in many circles. The existence of powerful economic agendas and cultures of violence emphasize the importance and urgency for a new and proactive prevention agenda.
- Conflict prevention should focus on leveraging constructive political pressure for prevention in decision spaces, and on enabling field-level programming and initiatives. There should be a better balance between ad-hoc crises management and long- term crises prevention.
- Addressing cyber war and violence in cities; re-imagining a new role for the private sector; and focusing on water and natural resource management, are some of the key emerging issues for a preventing agenda highlighted during Geneva Peace Week 2017.
- There is opportunity for countries, regions or cities to step forward to lead as pilots for a new prevention and peacebuilding agenda.