Operationalising Sustaining Peace roundtable series


A series of invitation-only discussions in New York bringing together experts to discuss the implementation of the UN’s Sustaining Peace resolutions.

About the roundtables series


Despite the spirit of the parallel UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions 70/262 and 2282, and their endorsement of the term ‘Sustaining Peace’, there is still a gap in understanding what this means in practice and the implications of the changes called for at the regional and country levels.

The Operationalising Sustaining Peace roundtable series, launched in 2018, will shift focus in 2024 to enable discussions on themes and issues raised by UN Member States, including Member States of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), in preparation for the 2025 Peacebuilding Architecture Review mandated by the dual UN General Assembly and Security Council resolution (A/RES/75/20-S/RES/2558).

Co-hosted by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and NYU’s Center for International Cooperation (CIC), the series now seeks to support follow-up to the 2025 review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture, with a particular focus on efforts needed to make the UN more effective in living up to its prevention mandate.

The objective of this series is to strengthen the implementation of the UN’s Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace Agenda by creating a space for developing a shared practical understanding of the agenda; contributing to the assessment of ongoing efforts undertaken by the UN and other actors to advance the agenda; and fostering discussions on how to advance efforts at sustaining peace in practice at the country and regional levels. The roundtable series will also seek to take into account developments surrounding the New Agenda for Peace (NA4P), emphasising the universal responsibility and applicability of prevention and its link to sustainable development.

The roundtables bring together experts in peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace. Participants include experts from civil society, member states, UN agencies, Funds, and programs, and the UN Secretariat.

Participation in the roundtables is by invitation only. While the discussions are off-the-record, this page provides links to brief summaries of each event.


Read about previous roundtables below

2024


February 2024

Strengthening the implementation of peacebuilding and sustaining peace

The first roundtable of 2024 explored opportunities to connect the Summit of the Future and the 2025 Peacebuilding Architecture Review, and to propose concrete ways of approaching them as connected processes capable of responding to today’s challenges.

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2023


August 2023

What is after the New Agenda for Peace? Assessing opportunities and next steps for the Peacebuilding Commission

The third roundtable of 2023 focussed on the recommendations in the New Agenda for Peace, and the importance of identifying avenues needed to continue to bolster action for the promotion of conflict prevention and sustaining peace.

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June 2023

The Political Accompaniment Role of the Peacebuilding Commission

In June 2023, participants explored the impact of the Peacebuilding Commission’s work at the country level. More specifically, the political accompaniment role of the Commission and how it can support national peacebuilding processes through its unique position within the UN system.

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February 2023

How can integrated climate responses contribute to sustaining peace?

In the first roundtable of 2023, participants focused on strategies to better integrate local and regional knowledge to promote conflict- and gender-sensitive climate mitigation and adaptation work within the UN system. The conversation also touched on the unique role of the Peacebuilding Commission in bridging stakeholders to promote these efforts.

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2022


December 2022

UN Leadership for Peacebuilding at the Regional Level

In the last roundtable of 2022, the support and contribution of the UN to regional peacebuilding was analysed. Member States, regional organisations, civil society, and the UN shared reflections, as well as ideas for building partnerships and strengthening financing for action.

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October 2022

Strengthening Financing for Peacebuilding

In the first roundtable since the adoption of the UN Resolution on Financing for Peacebuilding, participants discussed opportunities for the Peacebuilding Commission to support financing for peacebuilding through its advisory, bridging and convening mandate; through partnerships, and engagement with civil society.

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April 2022

The Advisory Role of the Peacebuilding Commission

In the twentieth roundtable discussion, participants focused on the role of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, and how it should best utilize its advisory and bridging roles to convene UN bodies beyond the Security Council, as well as non-UN entities.

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February 2022

Donors’ Support and Coordination at the Country Level

In this roundtable discussion, the participants unpacked some of the good practices and lessons learned from existing efforts to advance donor coordination at the country level.

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2021


October 2021

At the crossroads of Climate, Gender and Sustaining Peace

The eighteenth roundtable discussion explored the unique role that the UN Peacebuilding Architecture could play in the global response to climate-fragility risks, in particular as experienced by women and girls.

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May 2021

Investing Smarter: Financing for impactful peacebuilding

The third roundtable for 2021 created space for reflection by Member State, civil society and UN representatives on innovative solutions to strengthen the quality of peacebuilding financing.

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March 2021

UN Leadership for Sustaining Peace at the country level

The sixteenth roundtable discussion explored the leadership traits and practices that are needed to support countries in preventing and resolving armed conflicts and building sustainable peace.

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February 2021

What comes after Resolution 2558?

In this first roundtable since the adoption of the 2020 dual resolutions on the review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture, participants reflected on the full scope of the review, including its informal and formal phases.

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2020


December 2020

Financing Inclusive Peacebuilding

In this roundtable, held in the lead-up to the fifth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security, participants reflected on inclusive, accessible, sustainable, and adequate financing for peacebuilding initiatives.

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October 2020

No peace without us

While recognising that the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and the Sustaining Peace resolutions are distinct in their own right, this roundtable served to highlight the inherent link between these two transformative frameworks, and how they mutually reinforce one another.

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September 2020

Building and sustaining an inclusive peace

The twelfth event of the series provided a space to share examples of how meaningful partnerships can bring tangible impact at the country and community level; discuss challenges in community engagement; and identify concrete steps in which the normative commitment to inclusivity of diverse civil society and local community actors can be operationalised.

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June 2020

Lessons for peacebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual roundtable provided a space for participants to discuss how the UN’s peacebuilding architecture could be strengthened as a result of lessons from its country-level responses to the pandemic.

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April 2020

Investing in sustainable peace

This roundtable on financing for conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It built on previous discussions in 2020 focusing on the review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture and operationalising policy coherence in peacebuilding.

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March 2020

Policy coherence through meaningful inclusion

With the 2020 review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture currently underway, this roundtable provided an opportunity to reflect on the progress and lessons learned in operationalising policy coherence in peacebuilding.

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January 2020

The 2020 review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture

Roundtable participants used this discussion to reflect on planning for the 2020 review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture and share their expectations for and perspectives on the process.

2019


December 2019

Advancing the nexus of human rights and peacebuilding

During this roundtable, experts from a variety of sectors came together to examine opportunities for further aligning perspectives and advancing the nexus of human rights and peacebuilding.

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October 2019

Women as pioneers in conflict prevention and peacebuilding

This roundtable provided a space in which to discuss progress in implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and how the lessons learnt can inform and strengthen the operationalisation of sustaining peace.

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September 2019

Building strategic partnerships for sustaining peace at the regional level

This roundtable focused on strategies to operationalise the Sustaining Peace resolutions at the regional level and the roles of regional actors, including regional intergovernmental organisations, in implementing them.

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May 2019

The UN development system reform and sustaining peace

This discussion focused on the ongoing reform of the UN development system and the implications of and opportunities from this process for the operationalisation of the UN’s Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace resolutions, understanding that these processes are intrinsically interlinked.

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March 2019

Young people as drivers of peace

This roundtable explored the ways in which the Sustaining Peace approach can be used to strengthen and catalyse the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions 2250 and 2419 on Youth, Peace and Security, and the Missing Peace report. The event also focused on how young people contribute to peacebuilding and sustaining peace in their communities.

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January 2019

Pathways for peace and sustaining peace

What is meant by the operationalisation of ‘Sustaining Peace’ among the UN, World Bank, Member States and civil society? In this second roundtable, twenty-five experts from across a number of sectors explored the linkages between the UN’s Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace agenda and the follow up on the UN–World Bank 2018 report, Pathways for Peace

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2018


December 2018

Glancing backward before moving ahead

On 6 December 2018, twenty-five peacebuilding experts from UN Member States, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, funds, and programmes, and civil society gathered for the first roundtable discussion in this series to examine what is meant by the operationalisation of ‘Sustaining Peace’.

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