Enhancing the Potential of Business for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace, Wednesday 16 November 2016, 12:30-14:00

Public event
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 - 12:30 - 14:00

The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva are pleased to invite you to:

Enhancing the Potential of Business for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace: Conflict sensitive business and access to information as strategies for prevention of destructive conflict


Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Time: 12.30-14.00

Place: Maison de la Paix, Room A2


Business and investment play a key role in economic development and have great potential to contribute to livelihoods and well-being as part of sustainable development. However, there is also the potential to exacerbate existing conflict or even generate conflict and injustice through short-sighted and ill-considered business practice. This event presents recent work on two approaches to help realise the potential of business for sustainable development and sustaining peace within societies.


Tessa de Ryck, Consultant with the Business and Peace Programme of the  American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will speak on/about her research on existing peacebuilding practices developed by local and international organizations or adopted by businesses and corporations to prevent and mitigate social conflict resulting from investment in the global south .

Inga Petersen, Senior Extractives Advisor, with the Post-Conflict and Disasters Management Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will present MAP-X, a platform to map and assess the performance of the Extractive Industries and pilot projects to use this as a stakeholder engagement platform and with mining companies.

Diane Hendrick, Representative on Peace and Disarmament at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) will moderate the discussion.