GPP Annual Meeting - Preventing Violent Conflict: Taking stock and looking forward

Annual Meeting
Monday, 6 November 2017 - 13:30 - 17:00
GPP Annual Meeting - Preventing Violent Conflict: Taking stock and looking forward
Join us for an exciting day of networking and discussions during the Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform - Monday, 6 November 2017, 13.30-17.00 - Maison de la Paix (Auditorium A)

In his first address to Members of the UN Security Council on 10 January 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that “Prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority. If we live up to our responsibilities, we will save lives, reduce suffering and give hope to millions.” After nearly a year of this statement, the 10th Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform takes stock of the progress towards the prevention of violent conflicts and explores the future of prevention practice jointly with representatives of multiple sectors and institutions that work in this field. The Annual Meeting asks the questions of What is effective prevention of violent conflict? What are the success cases? Why did they work? What is the new frontier for prevention practice?

The discussion of the Annual Meeting sets the scene for a whole week of deliberation and discussion on the theme “Prevention Across Sectors and Institutions: What Pathways for Effective Implementation?” that guides Geneva Peace Week 6-10 November 2017.


13.30 Registration

13.45   Welcome

  • Valentin Zellweger, Ambassador, Permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and the other international organizations in Geneva
  • Jonathan Woolley, Director, Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva

14.00 Connecting past trends and future needs: Priorities for preventing violent conflict

This interactive discussion connects the analysis of past trends on the policies and practices with the future needs of a proactive prevention of violent conflict. It also critically reflects on the politics of prevention in the United Nations from the early 1990s to the present day, and identifies priorities for preventing violent conflict that draws on over two decades of lessons learned in this field. The session asks ‘What has been learned from the many cases of ‘failed’ prevention?’; ‘What are practical priorities for the prevention of violent conflict?’; and ‘What is the future for the UN in the prevention of violent conflict?’

  • Ana Maria Menéndez, Senior Adviser on Policy, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations, New York
  • Darynell Rodríguez Torres, Executive Director at Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), The Hague
  • Rachel F. Madenyika, UN Representative, Quaker UN Office, New York

Moderator: Annika Hilding Norberg, Head, Peacebuilding Cluster, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

15.15   Networking break

15.45 Looking forward: Preventing violent conflict across sectors and institutions

This session charts the new frontiers for prevention practice and reflects on the partnerships necessary to effectively prevent violent conflict. It asks ‘How to practically advance prevention of violent conflict across institutions and sectors?’, ‘How to balance short and long term priorities to prevent violent conflict?’; and ‘How to enhance the role of youth as a proactive and creative force for the prevention of violent conflict?’

  • David Nyheim, Chairman, International Conflict and Security (INCAS) Consulting Ltd., Valletta, Malta
  • Audrey Palama, Operational Director at Second Chance School, Toulon
  • Gerard Mc Hugh, President, Conflict Dynamics International, Boston

Moderator:  Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

17.00 Introduction: World Café Reception

  • Rémy Pagani, Mayor of Geneva – Welcome to the World Café Reception

The moderators of table discussion introduce their respective themes prior to the World Café Reception and introduce the process of the world reception. This reception offers a networking opportunity with Geneva’s peacebuidling community while at the same time exploring key issues in the broader peacebuilding fields. Held in the Cafeteria of the Maison de la Paix, the reception will include six discussion tables moderated by thought and practice leaders in their respective fields. Topics include (a) Trends in peace mediation and conflict prevention; (b) What next in peacebuilding?; (c) Sustaining peace in the city; (d) Business and peace; (e) A digital Geneva Convention?; (f) Trends on water and peace; and other topics.