International Order & Conflict

Ideas and Global Platforms for Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace on the Road to 2020


The General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, a historic milestone for advancing the United Nations’ work in the areas of conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding, will help set the stage for a wider agenda of renewal, innovation, and reform at the expected UN heads of state gathering in September 2020 in New York. Participants in this event will hear from international scholars and activists about new ideas and platforms linking efforts to sustain peace and the UN’s other core activities in sustainable development, human rights, and climate action, with a view toward the 75th anniversary commemoration of the United Nations, and beyond. No need to register in advance. For any questions, please contact: [email protected]

WHAT: Dialogue on major ideas and platforms for preventing violent conflict and sustaining peace on the road to the UN’s 75th anniversary Summit gathering in September 2020 in New York. The dialogue will be on the record.
WHERE: United Nations Secretariat – Conference Room #12
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24 – 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
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Co-Chairs: H.E. Ambassador Samson Itegboje, Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN and H.E. Ambassador Michael Grant, Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN

Welcome: Richard Ponzio, Director of the Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 Program (Washington, D.C.)


Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Founding Chairman of the Savannah Center for Diplomacy, Democracy, and Development (Abuja), Conflict Prevention & Sustaining Peace Recommendations from Just Security in an Undergoverned World and the Albright-Gambari Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance

Adriana Abdenur, Coordinator of the Peace and Security Division at Instituto Igarapé (Rio de Janeiro), Overview of Igarapé’s new Handbook on Conflict Prevention and online platform tool for practitioners and scholars

Saba Ismail, Co-Founder of Aware Girls: Working Towards Gender Equality and Peace (Peshawar and New York), Ideas and Partners for Sustaining Peace: A South Asian Perspective

Fergus Watt, International Coordinator, UN 2020 Initiative (Ottawa), Shaping the Agenda for a 2020 Summit on United Nations Renewal, Innovation, and Reform: A Call to Action for Civil Society

Closing: William Durch, Distinguished Fellow in the Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 Program


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