The Importance of Inclusion and Human Rights to Building Sustainable Peace

On November 21st, IPI together with the Normandy Region cohosted a policy forum to discuss the importance of inclusion and human rights in building lasting, durable, and sustainable peace. This discussion focused on the importance of women’s participation in peace processes and of meaningfully connecting different levels of leadership from different sectors working for peace.

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The Normandy Region launched the Normandy for Peace initiative in 2017 and organizes an annual multi-day forum for peace in Normandy, France. The 3rd Normandy World Peace Forum will take place on June 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2020, just before the celebrations of the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy.

Presentations at the event highlighted the importance of addressing human rights and having a consultative approach to all aspects of peace work: from prevention and peace talks to long-term efforts to improve governance and protect rights. Indeed, studies have proven that in order for peace processes to succeed—and be sustained—the inclusion of all constituencies, including the elevation of the important role that women play, is essential.

Speakers at the event provided insights and information on key issues relevant to building fair and lasting sustainable peace. In particular, the importance of the role of women in international discussions is the subject of an increasing number of studies that highlight their specific contribution to international mediation. Similarly, emphasis must be placed on the importance of accountability for past crimes and respect for human rights to the resolution of conflicts and prevention of the return of violence. Partnerships with national and community-based organizations, particularly civil society organizations, are essential to supporting these causes and to creating and sustaining lasting peace.

Opening remarks:
Mr. François-Xavier Priollaud, Vice-President, Normandy Region

Mr. Hervé Morin, President of the Normandy Region and former French Defense Minister
Mr. Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
H.E. Ms. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana to the UN
Dr. Sarah Taylor, Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute

Jake Sherman, Director of IPI’s Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations