HD is co-hosting events on inclusion, security sector governance, and cybermediation for the Geneva Peace Week on 5-9 November

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is co-hosting three events for the 2018 Geneva Peace Week which will take place from 5-9 November 2018. This year’s Geneva Peace Week, with the theme Building Peace in a Turbulent World, brings leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world to Geneva for 67 events, which all seek to examine peaceful approaches to the continually growing risks of violent conflict.

HD is co-organising the following events:

Making Inclusion Work for Peace

Tuesday, 6 November, 16h15-17h30 (Maison de la Paix, Auditorium A1B)
Co-organisers: Conflict Dynamics International, Search for Common Ground, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative (IPTI)
Event page: https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/making-inclusion-work-for-peace-registration-50449493794

Inclusion is an essential but often elusive goal in peace and political dialogue processes. Progress towards realizing effective inclusion often falls short of normative aspirations; inclusive arrangements can be under emphasized, or poorly designed and implemented.

This session will explore how inclusion can work effectively in practice. It will draw on experiences of local actors and practitioners to illuminate progress towards designing and implementing inclusive approaches. The session will highlight what has worked well, and what can be done differently, prioritising inclusion of women, youth and civil society, and new methods to design inclusive approaches. The session will feature sharing of experiences by panelists involved in different processes.

Mediating Security in Peace Processes: Exploring Linkages and Strengthening Partnerships

Tuesday, 6 November, 16h15-17h30 (World Meteorological Organisation, Salle Keuzel)
Co-organisers: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD)
Event page: https://www.dcaf.ch/gpw18-mediating-security-peace-processes-exploring-linkages-and-strengthening-partnerships

Security sector governance (SSG) is central to every peace process because it determines how legitimate violence is controlled in politics and society. At the same time, negotiations and the peace agreements that result are typically crucial in setting the agenda for post-conflict SSG. However, mediators and security sector reform professionals have a tendency to work in parallel universes. By bringing together both communities, and building on insights from a recent DCAF study, this panel discussion aims to raise awareness of the need for more sustained cooperation. We hope to contribute to bridging the gap between mediators and practitioners of security sector reform (SSR), disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR), small arms and light weapons (SALW) and mine action.

CyberMediation: The Impact of Digital Technology in the Prevention and Resolution of Violent Conflicts

Wednesday, 7 November, 9h00-10h15 (Palais des Nations, Room XI)
Co-organisers: UN Department of Political Affairs, DiploFoundation, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), swisspeace
Event page: https://www.diplomacy.edu/calendar/cybermediation-impact-digital-technologies-prevention-and-resolution-violent-conflicts

The UN Department of Political Affairs, DiploFoundation, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and swisspeace have joined forces in March 2018 to develop an initiative to explore how digital technology is impacting the work of mediators in preventing and resolving violent conflicts. During this session, participants will hear from practitioners about their experience of how mediators are incorporating digital tools in their work and how they are dealing with the new challenges resulting from the development of new technologies. The CyberMediation partners will also report on their initial findings in a number of areas including social media, data for mediation and artificial intelligence for mediation.

Interested participants should register for the events by visiting the specific events’ pages mentioned above.

In addition to this registration, a separate registration for those who do not have a UN badge is also required in order to participate in events held in UN locations, as follows:

  • Create an account in INDICO (if you do not already have one) via the following link: https://reg.unog.ch/user/register
  • Register to obtain an access badge to the Palais des Nations via the following link: https://reg.unog.ch/event/25892/
  • Once the registration is approved, participants and speakers will then receive a single badge valid from 7 to 9 November 2018 and will be able to attend all events of Geneva Peace Week 2018.

View the full programme of the Geneva Peace Week here: https://www.genevapeaceweek.ch/programme

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