Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

– A series of roundtable discussions in New York

Despite the spirit of the parallel 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. To support and inform preparations for the 2019 and 2020 Secretary General reports on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, the International Peace Institute (IPI), the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (DHF), and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) are convening a series of roundtable discussions in New York.

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 UN’s peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace 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 series of roundtables aims to convene experts in peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace to discuss key thematic areas related to the implementation of the peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace resolutions. Participants include experts from civil society, member states, UN agencies, Funds, and programs, and the UN Secretariat. The roundtables are by invitation only and are held as off-the-record discussions.


Realities and Opportunities

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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Young people as drivers of peace

The role of Youth, Peace and Security in building and sustaining 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 (SCRs) 2250 and 2419 on YPS and the Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. The event also focused on ways in which young people contribute to peacebuilding and sustaining peace in their communities.

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Aligning processes

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? Over twenty-five experts from across sectors explored the linkages between the UN’s Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace agenda and the follow up on the UN-World Bank report, Pathways for Peace (P4P) released in 2018.

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Operationalisation of Sustaining Peace

Glancing backward before moving ahead

On December 6, 2018, twenty-five peacebuilding experts from UN member states, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, funds, and programs, and civil society gathered for a roundtable discussion to examine what is meant by the operationalisation of “Sustaining Peace.” It was the first in a series of such events that will be convened over the coming months to support implementation of the UN’s Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace agenda. This note is a short summary of the main points of discussion.

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