Sustaining Peace: Partnerships for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

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Sustaining Peace: Partnerships for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
December 8, 2017 9:00 am
December 8, 2017 1:00 pm
December 1, 2017
Faculty House, Columbia University
64 Morningside Drive , New York, NY, 10027, United States

A UN-led dialogue with governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia on how we can build a global vision on sustaining peace!

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With its twin resolutions on review of the UN peacebuilding architecture in 2016, in both the General Assembly [A/RES/70/262)] and the Security Council [S/RES/2282(2016)], the United Nations has made a commitment to taking a more comprehensive approach to peace. Further, the President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, identified peacebuilding and sustaining peace as a key priority for his term. The General Assembly acknowledges the role of a variety of stakeholders in assisting these national authorities fulfill their goals. With this understanding, the President aims to engage in a dialogue with civil society, academia and the private sector to elaborate on these strategic and operational partnerships, which are indispensable elements in pursuing a comprehensive approach to peace as required by the new concept of sustaining peace.

Event Overview

The meeting “Sustaining Peace: Partnerships for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding” will serve as one of the critical events in the process leading up to a High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly to be convened by the President on the 24th and 25th of April, 2018, and a valuable platform for the relevant stakeholders to present their perspectives. The event will engage diverse stakeholders in discussion on preventing conflict and addressing its root causes. Participants will include university students and faculty, private sector representatives, civil society organizations, and government representatives.

This half-day dialogue will provide a platform for learning and exchange on this topic. It will foster conversation among all participants on challenges and opportunities for sustaining peace in practice. Through this event and subsequent meetings, it is hoped that momentum can be built and sustained beyond the UN, and that greater visibility will be given to this critical issue.

Draft Agenda

Registration opens at 9:00 am

Opening Remarks, 9:30 am – 10:00 am

  • President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák
  • H.E. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General
  • Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Director of the SDSN
  • Shamina Singh, President, MasterCard Centre for Inclusive Growth

Panel 1: Conflict Prevention in Sustaining Peace, 10:00 am – 11:15 am

In the first panel, we will emphasize how prevention plays a key role in sustaining peace. Panel discussants will unpack sustaining peace and situate it in the context of other mutually-supportive agendas, such as those for sustainable development and human rights. The panel will also look at how different actors can best contribute to the preventive aspects of sustaining peace.

  • Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General, Officer-in-Charge for Department of Political Affairs, United Nations
  • Anne-Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, New York University Center for Global Affairs
  • Teresa Jennings, Head of Rule of Law Department, LexisNexis Legal & Professional
  • B. Abel Learwellie, Executive Director and Founder, Camp for Peace Liberia
  • Moderator: Paige Arthur, Deputy Director, New York University’s Center on International Cooperation

Coffee Break, 11:15 – 11:30 am

Panel 2: How Partnerships Can Support Sustaining Peace, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Equal, inclusive, and sustainable partnerships with diverse stakeholders are essential for the promotion, development and maintenance of sustaining peace as these actors often possess localized expertise and institutional knowledge. The second panel will explore the many partnerships towards this goal that have emerged between UN and regional organizations, governments, international financial institutions, civil society, academia, and the private sector, and examine some case studies on what has worked well.

  • H.E. Ambassador María Emma Mejía Vélez, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the UN
  • Ambassador Hahn Choong-hee, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)
  • Henk-Jan Brinkman, Director of Policy, UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO)
  • Alexandre Marc, Chief Specialist, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, World Bank Group
  • Bridget Moix, US Senior Representative and Head of Advocacy, Peace Direct
  • Moderator: Andrew Tomlinson, Director and Quaker UN Representative, Quaker United Nations Office

Closing Remarks, 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Office of the President of the General Assembly

Click here to download speaker biographies.

Questions? Please email

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