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Public event

Putting into action the UN-WB report Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict

Events

A public discussion and ‘fishbowl’ event organized by the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI), the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration with the UN DPA, UNDP, and the World Bank Group.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Maison de la Paix

14.00-17.00, followed by a reception

Background

  • This event focuses on the practical options and opportunities for the prevention of violent conflict following the release of the UN-WB report “Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict”. This report is an important milestone in the discussion on the prevention of violent conflict and includes the research and analysis of several Geneva-based institutions.
  • Following the launch of the report’s main messages during Geneva Peace Week (November 2017), the United Nations Department for Political Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank Group office in Geneva are hosting a succession of events on 9 April to present the findings. Together with partners, this public discussion focuses on how the shared commitment to preventing violent conflict is put into action by a variety of actors.
  • In order to assure the perspectives of a variety of actors, the organizers have opted for an interactive design for this event, known as a “fishbowl”.
  • For the key findings and the full version of the report see:  www.pathwaysforpeace.org.

 

Agenda

 

14:00   Opening session: Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict

Introductory remarks

Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, World Bank Group (tbc)

Mr. Robert Piper, UN Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme

Presentation of the findings by the report’s authors:

Mr. Alexander Marc, Chief Technical Specialist, Fragility, Conflict, and Violence, World Bank Group

Mr. Jago Salmon, Advisor, UN/WB Partnership on Conflict and Fragility, United Nations (tbc)

 

14:30 Introduction to the "fishbowl" discussion and focus themes

Views and experiences on inclusive approaches and contributions to peace, in thematic segments

Eckhard Volkmann , Deputy Director, Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative

Ambassador Thomas Guerber, Director, The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

Dr. Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

 

14.45   Theme 1 - Inclusive processes for the prevention of violence

Moderator: Eckhard Volkmann

Key guiding questions for discussion:

  1. How can inclusion help to prevent violence?

  2. What factors determine the effectiveness of inclusion?

  3. Does inclusion have to be direct?

 

15.30   Theme 2 – Security sector governance and reform in conflict prevention

Moderator: Ambassador Thomas Guerber, Director, The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

Key guiding questions for discussion:

  1. Security Sector Reform has often been considered in the framework of post-conflict reconstruction. What is SSR’s contribution to the prevention of violent conflict?

  2. The Pathways report asserts that “Inclusive approaches to prevention should recognize and address group grievances early”. What is the significance of these inclusive approaches to the prevention of less visible violence, such as gender-based violence? What role is there for security institutions to address this less visible violence as a contribution to preventing violent conflict?

  3. What is the role of good security sector governance in sustaining societies free from violent conflict?

 

16.15   Theme 3 – The economic dimension of preventing violent conflict: What role for the private sector?

Moderator: Achim Wennmann

Key guiding questions for discussion:

  1. What is the role of the private sector in preventing violent conflict? Are expectations aligned with possibilities?

  2. What are the risks and opportunities of given the private sector a greater role in the prevention of violent conflict?

  3. Are there different roles for big and small firms? Or domestic or international firms?

 

17.00   Closing session

Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, World Bank Group

Mr. Robert Piper, UN Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme

 

The post event reception is kindly sponsored by Switzerland.

 

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