International Order & Conflict

The UN’s New “Sustaining Peace” Agenda


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From North Africa and the Middle East to South Sudan, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, the past several years have witnessed a marked uptick in political violence within states, reversing the trend recorded since the end of the Cold War. In 2016 alone, more countries experienced violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years, including the continued sharp rise in terrorist attacks.

Earlier this year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres released his Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace to inform a related UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting planned for April 24-25, 2018 in New York. Together, they are poised to advance the world body’s work in the areas of conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding, in collaboration with a range of regional organizations, civil society groups, and business partners.

This panel discussion will explore whether and how best the UN’s new “Sustaining Peace” Agenda can help to reduce violence substantially in fragile and conflict-affected countries, while building more just, inclusive, and resilient societies. The session will include highlights and recommendations from the recent Doha Regional Dialogue on Sustaining Peace and D.C. Experts Dialogue on the Emerging UN Sustaining Peace Effort, as well as the findings and proposals advanced by the new World Bank-UN Pathways for Peace report.

WHAT: The U.S. Institute of Peace, Alliance for Peacebuilding, United Nations Association-National Capital Area, and the Stimson Center invite you to participate in a discussion on complex and timely issues before next month’s UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in New York. The event is on-the-record. Please join us for coffee, fruit, and pastries at 9:00 AM. 
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:30 PM – 11:00 AM
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Ambassador Tariq Al-Ansari, Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The State of Qatar
Charles Call, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University
Eric Gaudiosi, Deputy Assistant Secretary (Acting), Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State 
Elizabeth Hume, Senior Director for Programs and Strategy, Alliance for Peacebuilding
Yesim Oruc, Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office, United Nations Development Programme
Richard Ponzio (Moderator) Director, Just Security 2020 Program at Stimson and Co-Chair, UNA-NCA Peace & Security Committee

Photo Credit: Juan Cristobal Zulueta

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