Connecting the Views of Local Peacebuilders on Sustaining Peace

On Tuesday, October 17th, IPI and Peace direct are cohosting a policy forum to better understand the connection between sustaining peace and the work of local peacebuilders. The event will unpack some of these connections and hear from four local peacebuilders about their experiences of sustaining peace and how the United Nations and international community can better support their work in the name of sustaining peace.

Remarks will begin at 1:15pm EST*

To understand sustaining peace, there is a need to hear the voices of local peacebuilders working in their communities. In order to learn more from local actors and their views on sustaining peace, the International Peace Institute and Peace Direct shared an informal, qualitative survey with forty respondents from twenty-two countries in four regions to hear their views on sustaining peace and the work of the UN. This survey aims to unpack views of local peacebuilders around the world and connect that to the policy discussions underway in New York.

On April 27, 2016, the UN General Assembly and Security Council passed identical resolutions on sustaining peace, marking a watershed shift in the understanding of peacebuilding and setting in motion many consultations, meetings, and reports that will culminate in a high-level event on sustaining peace in practice (set for April 2018). Over the past year, a number of peacebuilding actors at UN headquarters have been working to unpack what sustaining peace means in practice and highlight why it is vital to ensuring long-term peace, development, and prosperity. For more information on these initiatives and the survey results, please see the concept note.

This event is part of a project that receives funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Opening Remarks:
Ms. Lesley Connolly, Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute
Ms. Bridget Moix, US Senior Representative, Peace Direct

Speakers:
Ms. Sawssan Abou-Zahr, Journalist and Local Peacebuilding Expert, Lebanon
Mr. Michael Olufemi Sodipo, Coordinator, Peace Initiative Network, Nigeria
Ms. Martine Kessy Ekomo-Soignet, Executive Director, URU, Central Africa Republic
Mr. Webster Zambara, Senior Project Leader, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa

Respondent:
Ms. Chelsea Payne, Policy Officer, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office

Moderator:
Ms. Lesley Connolly, Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute

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