Development and conflict prevention : Wednesday 9 November, 14:00-16:00

Public event
Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - 14:00 - 16:00

Wednesday 9 November, 14:00-16:00 (followed by a reception)

Maison de la Paix, Auditorium Ivan Pictet B  

Event Organizers: World Bank, United Nations (UNOG, DPA) and Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP)

This event is part of Geneva Peace Week

Event Description:

During 2015 the United Nations published major reviews of its peace operations, peacebuilding architecture and implementation of the women, peace and security agenda. In the face of an increase in the number, complexity and intensity of violent conflicts, the reviews examined serious weaknesses in existing structures and mandates and underscored the need for a prioritized focus on conflict prevention and the “primacy of the political” in the international response. They recognized that violent conflict is a central challenge for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, and highlighted the importance of “sustaining peace” across engagement before, during and after conflict.  In parallel, development actors such as the World Bank are increasing their attention to conflict and fragility, including through greater levels of financing for conflict-affected states.  Yet gaps remain in our understanding of how various tools interact with domestic institutions and the preferences and interests of national actors, in order to  have a positive impact on the trajectory of a conflict.

In this session, panelists will discuss the conditions under which different tools and approaches - from preventive diplomacy and mediation, to structural prevention and development policies and programs– have and can contribute to preventing conflict.



Alexandre Marc, Chief Specialist, Fragility, Conflict and Violence, World Bank

Teresa Whitfield, Officer in Charge, Policy and Mediation Division, United Nations Department of Political Affairs


Alan Doss, Executive Director, Kofi Annan Foundation

Thania Paffenholz, Director, Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI)

Katia Papagianni, Director for Policy and Mediation Support at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD)

Keith Krause, Director, Centre of Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), The Graduate Institute Geneva

Albrecht Schnabel, Senior Fellow, Research Division, Democratic Control of Armed Forces, (DCAF)

Moderator: Achim Wennmann


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